The equality agenda has gone far beyond ensuring fairness and has ended up eroding fundamental human rights, an author and religious liberty lawyer has claimed.
In a blog post for Christian Concern, Roger Kiska said the ‘juggernaut’ of equality has been riding roughshod through basic human rights in both the US and the UK – and is set to continue.
He said, ‘It is getting more and more difficult to deny the strong political motives behind the increasingly aggressive equality agenda.
‘Fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are being laid to waste in the name of tolerance and preventing offence’.
For example, according to Mr Kiska, policy shapers are making ‘no distinction’ between actual discrimination against those who identify as LGBT, and reasoned or moral opposition to LGBT campaigning points, even the most extreme ones.
He pointed to recent events in the UK, where current pro-trans or pro-LGBT ideology has led to extreme censure for anyone holding a difference of opinion based on medical, ethical or religious grounds.
In one case, 74-year old school governor Mrs Maureen Griffith was suspended from her post at Alperton Community School in Brent, North London – a position she has held since the 1990s.
This was because she questioned why parents had not been properly consulted about the introduction of a school Pride month and LGBT themed books into the school library, despite a statutory obligation to consult with parents on these issues.
Moreover, just a few weeks ago, an Employment Tribunal ruled against Dr David Mackereth, stating that transgender rights override religious freedom.
The tribunal ruled, ‘Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals’.
Mr Kiska also commented, ‘The UK’s Sentencing-Council has also issued binding sentencing guidelines calling for harsher jail sentences for those convicted of criminal intolerance against gay and transgendered people than for cases of domestic burglary’.
He added, ‘The equality agenda is creating a new kind of inquisition where the campaigning group who shouts the loudest, gets to define which fundamental rights are to be respected and which are to be disregarded.
‘Without freedom to hold and express dissenting views, the democratic principles we have fought so hard over the centuries to preserve will quickly be lost. To those who so hastily and unconditionally welcome the equality agenda, my advice is: buyer beware’.