According to Tom Nicholson, a 41-year old married man, being Green means he no longer travels by airplane, he buys local produce, has reduced his consumption of meat and he composts his food waste. But his employer, property company Grainger, didn’t take these beliefs seriously – in particular his belief in climate change – and sacked him.
At a preliminary hearing in March, Judge David Sneath ruled that Mr Nicholson’s convictions amount to a philosophical belief under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, 2003, and therefore he can claim discrimination.
According to the company Mr Nicholson’s views on climate change and the environment were based on fact and science, but the judge found that “his belief went beyond a mere opinion.”
Marc Sheppard, writing for American Thinker, has asked what next: Earth Day declared a religious holiday, tax-exempt status extended to recycling plants, or defacing effigies of Al Gore prosecuted as a hate crime? Mr Sheppard also suggests that it may be well worth a few law-suits to establish the precedent necessary to keep this nonsense [environmentalism] out of our public schools.
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