UK court rules that global warming is a religious belief, not science
By Andrew Thomas Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:20
A British man has been told he can take his employer to tribunal on the grounds he was unfairly dismissed because his views on climate change constitute a religious belief.
Tim Nicholson was employed as head of sustainability by a company in Oxfordshire and was made redundant in 2008. He maintained that his beliefs had contributed to his dismissal and earlier this year, a court ruled he could claim for unfair dismissal under employment equality laws. His employers appealed against the ruling on the grounds that his views on climate change were politically-motivated.
But now a court has refused the appeal and ruled that Nicholson's beliefs came under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 that covers "any religion, religious belief, or philosophical belief", forbidding employers to persecute staff on religious grounds.