Richard Page has lost his employment claim. I am still, at the time of writing, searching for a copy of the judgment so that I can analyse it and write a proper article.
Apparently the Tribunal found that Richard Page was not dismissed for his views on homosexuality and homosexual adoption but for making media appearances without his employer’s permission. This raises the question of whether it was legitimate for an employer to censure him and whether they would have censured an employee with views opposing those of Richard Page; the Equality Act is supposed to provide protection against discrimination based on religious or philosophical belief.
A quote from the judgment appeared in an online article for a local newspaper and I reproduce it below:
“Had the belief relied on by the Claimant been the wider views expressed in his Good Morning Britain television interview in March 2016, ie that ‘homosexual activity’ is wrong then the tribunal may well have concluded that this was not a belief that was worthy of respect in a democratic society,” –
What beliefs are acceptable in a democratic society? Is there some kind of objective conceptual framework to decide this? If there is not then this leaves ECHR based jurisprudence wide open to the charge of political bias. Mr Page views homosexuality as immoral but does not advocate violence towards homosexuals or giving them an inferior legal status to heterosexuals.
I will keep searching for the judgment and reserve my own judgement until I have read it.