Law and religion roundup – 16th June

This week

The manifestos of the main political parties in the UK were launched this week. Of interest to “law and religion” were the references to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Human Rights Act, illegal faith schools/ register of children not in school, recognition of humanist marriages, reforming weddings law and further cohabitation rights. However, as Election Day becomes closer, the misinformation, manipulation of images and deliberate untruths on key issues continue. We look forward to the commencement of the new UK Parliament when the impetus for this point-scoring by the parties will be decreased – or so we hope.

The manifestos

The Conservative manifesto includes this: “If we are forced to choose between our security and the jurisdiction of a foreign court, including the ECtHR, we will always choose our security.” Which, of course, would mean leaving the Council of Europe. Continue reading