Two Christians who lost their jobs as a result of discriminating against gay people, have taken their fight to the European Court of Human Rights after claiming that their right to discriminate is being discriminated against.
Gary McFarlane, who was sacked by Relate after saying he had a conscientious objection to giving advice to gay couples, insisted that people should be more tolerant of people who choose to discriminate.
“My descriminatory religious beliefs should take priority over the people that I am employed to serve,” he said.
“If I don’t want to give advice to people simply because they happen to be gay then I should be allowed to discriminate against them without fear of being discriminated against.”
“It’s completely unfair that am I being treated in the same way that I treat gay people.”
“It’s a fundamental human right that religious people should be allowed to discriminate against anyone their old books tell them to.”
Christians discriminated against
Miss Lilian Ladele, who was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in north London, also expressed her anger at the injustice of not being able to completely ignore what her job is.
“Why should I conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies against my will,” she asked.
“By not allowing me to discriminate against gay people I am being forced to do the job that I am paid to do.”
the National Secular Society said any ruling in favour of the group could “seriously undermine” UK equality law.
“They should put themselves in the shoes of the people they have discriminated against,” said a spokesperson.
“Claiming they are in the same boat as people who are genuinely being discriminated against is ludicrous.”
“There’s no way I’m getting into a boat with any gays,” Insisted Miss Ladele.
“Yeah, and I’m definitely not wearing their shoes,” added Mr McFarlane.