Monday 3 October 2011

Julian Rivers on Equality Law

Julian Rivers, ‘Uniformity or Mutuality? The New Equality Law in Christian Perspective’, Cambridge Papers 20, 3 (September 2011).

The latest Cambridge Paper from the Jubilee Centre is available online, this one devoted to a Christian perspective on equality law.

Here is the summary:

‘The Equality Act 2010 was the last major piece of legislation to be passed under the British ‘New Labour’ Government. This paper explains briefly what equality law does as well as two groups of related problem cases. It sets out a biblical foundation for equality as well as a distinctive conception characterised more by mutuality than uniformity. Against this background, the paper argues that we need to combat an equality culture which trivialises religious and ethical disagreement, to reform the law to protect the pluralism of civil society and accommodate individuals, and to rediscover the real issue of equality, which is material, relational and spiritual poverty.’

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