The link below is about Dr Scott, a christian GP disciplined by the GMC for trying to convert NHS patients as a part of their ‘treatment’. Dr Scott has announced that he will ignore their ruling. It is possible to email the GMC via their website to ask what they will be doing about this disgraceful act of contempt for the professions governing body and behavior that falls far below the standards expected of GPs. Perhaps people should contact the GMC to ensure they take adequate action.
The GMC can be contacted via:
Copied from this month’s newsletter from the NSS:
“The National Secular Society is concerned that religious organisations are exempt from some equality laws and can discriminate in who they employ or promote. Dr Johnsen’s own research (pdf) has found that there is a glass ceiling for staff without faith in some faith-based organisations even though those staff are just as committed and motivated as staff with faith.
“There is a simple answer that will allay suspicions and remove many objections – and that is to bring in a simple piece of legislation. It should make public funding of services provided to the public by religious groups contingent on:
No proselytising as part of this work and no religious demands being made at the point of service.
No discrimination over service users – i.e. be available to everyone.
No discrimination in employment (including on grounds of religion or belief, something neither Labour nor Conservative governments have been prepared to require, despite these jobs while in the public sector being with equal opportunities employers)
“If such a law were put in place it would remove many of the barriers that at present stand in the way of religious groups being involved in service provision. It would also protect vulnerable service users from exploitation by those who won’t be able to resist the opportunity to foist religion on to them,” said Terry Sanderson.
He continued: “Although these organisations are supposed to improve social cohesion, the current Government has selected the Church of England as its favoured partner to lead the faith-based welfare contribution through the Near Neighbours programme. This aims to ‘help people from different faiths get to know and understand each other better and to encourage people of different faiths, or no faith, to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood’. Favouring the Church of England does not send out a message that all faith groups and people of no faith are equal, as Johnsen herself admits when she calls the decision ‘anachronistic’.”
I have just read a most articulate letter from a pupil attending a local Catholic College. Here’s an extract but you can read the full letter at http://www.lancshumanism.org.uk/newsletters.html
There have been incidents where I’ve come into
conflict with teachers because of my beliefs – some
consider my Atheism to be teenage stubbornness.
I’m not taken seriously: as Muslim or Jewish pupils
On Ash Wednesday our class was called to the
Chapel to receive ashes. Not wanting to “cause a
scene” and remained behind to complete my work.
My head-teacher walked in and started talking in a
raised voice about how “disappointed” she was in
me and how Lent was a time of “repentance”, and I
was being ignorant and disrespectful.
I said the administration of the ashes was a
Christian tradition, and not believing in the religion,
I had no place being in the Chapel. Remaining in
the room was the most respectful thing to do. And
she had no right to judge me and my beliefs.
This is not the first incident I’ve had with my head
Once again religious people feel they have a right to interfere in civil matters.
If they don’t agree with gay marriage then church leaders of both major denominations can continue to demonstrate their policy of discrimination based on ancient texts and refuse to marry gay couples in their churches. And no doubt they will also continue to be immune to legal challenges of discrimination.
Church and state should be separate as is the case with almost every other country in the western world.