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Tim Nicholson feels strongly about climate change. He will not, for example, travel by air. Nicholson’s views on the environment put him into frequent conflict with his employer, UK property investment firm Grainger PLC, which terminated his employment in July, 2008, due to his “philosophical belief about climate change and the environment”.

Last March, Nicholson requested permission to sue Grainger for unfair dismissal, and that request has now been granted. Mr Justice Burton of the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled on November 3 that “a belief in man-made climate change … is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations”.  This means that, in legal matters, an individual’s genuinely-held beliefs on the environment have the same weight as his religious or philosophical beliefs. (It should be noted that Justice Burton is no environmental whacko; he’s the same judge who ruled in 2007 that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth is partisan and political.)

The UK’s Telegraph published an article about the hearing with this reasonable headline:

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Fox Nation linked to the article, but apparently decided that the Telegraph‘s headline was too accurate and insufficiently incendiary. Fox needed a better one.

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Yes, you read that correctly. The ruling gives an individual’s environmental beliefs the same status as a religion; Fox claims that it says environmentalism is a religion. No disconnect from reality there, eh? Who are these people?

It’s also interesting to note that the justice mentioned both religion and philosophy, but Fox singled out only religion. I guess “U.K Judge Rules Climate Change a ‘Philosophy'” just didn’t cut it.

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