September 16th, 2011

Legal Interpretation

So, the new anti-religious discrimination law in the UK has a clause that exempts certain classes from the protection. (i.e. you can discriminate against these people based on their religion.)

For the purposes of section 17A any group of persons holding the following religious beliefs or lack of religious belief shall not enjoy the protection of this part of the Act—


(a) Satanists;

(b) believers in human sacrifice to propitiate a deity;

(c) believers in animal sacrifice to propitiate a deity;

(d) believers in female genital mutilation to live in accordance with the rules of a religion;

(e) believers in violence as a means of proselytising a belief;

(f) believers in the supremacy or superiority of one race over another;

(g) believers in the supremacy or superiority of one gender over another;

(h) Scientologists;

(i) Jedi Knights.

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Jedi Knights?

You may laugh but according to a recent UK census Jedi Knights are the fourth largest religion in the entire UK!

What's really interesting is that they don't mention Siths or Sith Lords, so I guess you can't discriminate against Siths.

That means that the UK is encouraging people to choose the dark side!