European Court of Human Rights rules that anti-discrimination laws have no religious exceptions

From the ruling:

With this ruling, the court has established that freedom of religion is an individual right. It is emphatically not a collective right to discriminate against LGBT people, women, or people of another faith or life stance.

Religious freedom is no ground for exemption from the law. The court showed conclusively that the principle of equality and equal treatment cannot be circumvented with a simple reference to religion.

This ruling should be a blueprint for the way the United States deals with religious liberty. Unfortunately, as Peter Montgomery points out at Religion Dispatches, US religious leaders are attempting to base an opposition to LGBT rights (and women’s rights) in a definition of religious freedom that is, in fact, a “collective right to discriminate.”


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