Under new equality laws in England Vegans, teetotalers, Scientologists and atheists will have protection from discrimination under an equality bill.
"...A code of practice explaining the legal implications of the equality bill states that religions need not be mainstream or well known for their adherents to gain protection. “A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world.
Beliefs had to be heartfelt.” (source)
But it is my contention that this equality commission is actually the one discriminating.
Marxists and Fascists DON'T qualify. I'm quite sure their beliefs are "heartfelt."
Also the International Church of Jediism (boasting 500,000 members worldwide) WILL NOT be afforded protections and I find this deplorable. If you're going to base a religion on a space novel...better pick George Lucas than L. Ron Hubbard. And then for the British to add insult to injury and offer discrimination protections to the mediocre author's followers?
How are vegans and atheists getting religion status while the Jedis are being shunned?!
How is the religion of Xenu, tyrant ruler of the "Galactic Confederacy, more worthy of protection than that of Obi-Wan Kenobi?!
Yes, this is a beautiful example of the illogicality of all-encompassing government.