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London - New Bill May Force Shuls to Hire Non-Jews for Non-Ministerial Roles

Published on: June 6, 2009 09:56 PM
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London - The Board of Deputies is studying the implications of the new Equality Bill amid concerns that it could become harder for religious organisations to restrict jobs to members of their own faith.

Jon Benjamin, the Board’s chief executive, said he was consulting heads of other Jewish organisations about the proposed legislation, which received a second Commons reading.

“We are studying what appears to be a new restriction on employing people on the basis of their faith,” he said.  “As currently drafted, one can specify the faith of a minister of religion, but it seems, under the new legislation, that organisations would not be able to specify the religion of youth workers or others in non-ministerial roles.”

Under the Bill, religious communities would still be allowed to restrict employment to members of their own faith in the case of those who assist with “liturgical or ritualistic practices” or who promote or explain “the doctrine of the religion”.

Such constraints have caused concern among Catholic bishops. In a response to the Bill, they have noted: “There is a fundamental difference between a person who provides a technical service such as accountancy and a person who provides a pastoral function such as a youth worker, or who has a representative function.

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“A religious organisation must be able to exclude from such roles applicants whose lives are manifestly in conflict with the ethos of the organisation they represent.”

Another source of concern might be the response of local authorities to the new law, Mr Benjamin said. While they would remain free to give grants to particular faith groups, he said, councils “may feel that — even if not actually instructed as such —they have to adopt a cautious approach which might prevent them from supporting such activities. This might impact on funding for Jewish care homes, special needs or domestic abuse programmes.”

The Bill, which consolidates existing laws against religious, racial, gender and other forms of discrimination, does contain potential benefits for members of religious groups. Universities, for example, would be expected not to timetable exams that clash with major religious holidays.

 


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 Jun 06, 2009 at 10:51 PM Anonymous Says:

A shulor church should not be allowed to discriminate against anyone not from their faith in hiring maitainance and administrative staff. Otherwise, anyone can create their own "church" or "faith" and violate the civil rights laws with impunity.

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 Jun 06, 2009 at 11:28 PM The Socialist Future ! Says:

The Socialist future in Britain will reveal itself when a Yid visiting a shul in Golders Green on Shabbos will be welcomed by a cleaning woman in a hijab, with talmidim being taught divrei chol by a muslim teacher with a prayer mat in the corner, and muslim cafeteria help in long white robes cooking cholent !!!

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 Jun 07, 2009 at 12:53 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

A shulor church should not be allowed to discriminate against anyone not from their faith in hiring maitainance and administrative staff. Otherwise, anyone can create their own "church" or "faith" and violate the civil rights laws with impunity.

So what's wrong with that? We have a mitzvah to give preference to our own people. Why shouldn't other people also give preference to their kind? Since when is discrimination wrong? Where in the Torah is it written?

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 Jun 07, 2009 at 03:08 AM me Says:

No was addressed the "worst case scenario". Where a non religious Jew applies for the job of Shabbos Goy and is rejected on the basis of his religion. He then sues the shul for duscrimination.

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 Jun 07, 2009 at 11:18 AM Anonymous Says:

The jews should apply for the position of yoshke in their smurches. Let's get a real jew in there.

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 Jun 07, 2009 at 11:36 AM Anonymous Says:

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The Socialist Future ! Says:

The Socialist future in Britain will reveal itself when a Yid visiting a shul in Golders Green on Shabbos will be welcomed by a cleaning woman in a hijab, with talmidim being taught divrei chol by a muslim teacher with a prayer mat in the corner, and muslim cafeteria help in long white robes cooking cholent !!!

Sorry to say but it's coming here to states too, with a socialist government now in
place we could expect such things down the road.

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