Saturday, 20 July 2013

Right to Marry in Scientologist Chapel?

"A member of the Church of Scientology has launched a High Court battle for the right to marry in a Scientology chapel.

Louisa Hodkin, 23, is challenging a refusal of the registrar general of births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales to register the chapel for the solemnisation of marriages on the grounds that it is not "a place of meeting for religious worship"."

See links below for more:


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/24/louisa-hodkin-scientology-marry_n_2009771.html

http://cerf-institute.org/2013/07/20/scientology-case-has-judges-debating-the-meaning-of-religion/

Monday, 8 July 2013

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Job Seeker

According to the National Secular Society (I haven't been able to corroborate this story as of yet) an Ultra-Orthodox job seeker - who refused to work on Friday afternoons or Saturdays in order to observe the Shabbath- has won an appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after he was refused Jobseeker's Allowance for over six months. 
www.parliament.uk
A number of comments have criticised the decision. However, I would just like to highlight one section of the article which appears to have been mistread by a number of commentators:

"Regulations state that jobseekers must be available to work up for a minimum of 35 hours a week, which Mr Slinger had agreed to. In fact, the tribunal was told that he had made himself available for 53 hours a week."


As Mr Hewitt pointed out, "Mr Slinger has demonstrated that, even within the restraints he has set himself, he has reasonable prospects of securing employment and he is both available for and actively seeking work."


This case is interesting because it raises the question of reasonable accomodation. 

To read the article please see: http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2013/07/tribunal-rules-that-ultra-orthodox-jewish-man-who-wouldnt-work-on-shabbat-is-entitled-to-benefits