Interesting British Supreme Court Justice’s Perspective on Rights of Christians
For all the differences in the religious world of the United Kingdom and the United States, there are still many similarities and a lot of influence back and forth. A couple examples: the ties of the Episcopal Church (American) and Anglican Church (British, and organizational worldwide head in the Archbishop of Canterbury); the strong influence of several UK orthodox Christian thinkers and writers, such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and the late John Stott (none “Evangelical” in the American sense, but influential there).
A British high court judge, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has made some interesting remarks while speaking recently at Yale Law School, according to a Mail Online article here. Lady Hale believes Christians sometimes lose rights cases in courts “…because they cannot claim that their faith demands they follow strict rules” (wording of the linked article, above, not a direct quote of her talk).
What she seems to mean is that other faiths that have more specific and strong demands (especially of measurable things such as clothing and diet) than do most Christian sects, tend to get their practices legally defended when Christians often do not. (BTW, this may direct the issue away from the assumption of “political correctness” as potentially favoring other religions over Christianity, just because they are other or are minority. There may be more legally-based reasons.)
From just this article, I’m not clear what Lady Hale’s suggestions really are toward a more just or fair approach to the defense of individuals’ or groups’ religious beliefs. Balancing the situation is not easy. But it’s an interesting issue that I’d not seen commented on by someone in a judicial system outside of, but similar to that of the USA.
She also makes reference to the situation in Canada, which again is very similar to the US situation, yet quite different in their having a “national church”.
I’m hoping any British or Canadian (or other) readers can shed some light on all this, from your perspective. Any comments?