August 5, 2009
[efoods]The bishops of England, Wales and Scotland denounced the European Commission’s planned Equal Treatment Directive as “wholly unacceptable” because, they said, it would force Christians to act against their consciences.
The directive is aimed at harmonising and enforcing a ban across the 27-member bloc on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, age, religious belief and disability outside the scope of employment law.
But the bishops say the directive will simply have the result of sharply curtailing the rights of religious liberty and freedom of expression.
They say they will be powerless to stop witches from hiring out church property, for instance, or from insisting that people at Church events behave in a way consistent with Christian teaching.