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Mr Nicholson, 42, from Oxford, smiles after he emerges victorious from the court room. A court ruled that it was wrong for Mr. Nicholson's employer to fire him for his belief in global warming, as it was a philosophy afforded equal protections to religion. Mr. Nicholson refuses to fly for fear of carbon pollution.  (Source: Telegraph UK)
When it comes to climate change, just have a little faith!

In an unusual case in the United Kingdom, it has been ruled that climate change beliefs should be afforded the same legal protections as religious freedoms. The bizarre ruling sets a landmark legal precedent and could have broad implications both in Britain and abroad.

The case began when Tim Nicholson, former head of sustainability at property firm Grainger PLC was laid off in July 2008 for his criticism of management on the basis of climate change beliefs. Mr. Nicholson, who renovated his house to be greener and refuses to fly by air, was upset that Rupert Dickinson, the firm's chief executive, had an employee fly to him in Ireland to deliver his Blackberry.

When Mr. Nicholson began to gripe and express his environmental sentiments, he was later dismissed. He took his former employers to court, contending that the same laws that protect religious freedoms protected his “philosophical belief about climate change and the environment.”

His employers contended that climate change was a scientific, not a religious or philosophical belief, and thus not legally protected. Mr. Nicholson, however, insisted that climate change was a philosophical belief as “philosophy deals with matters that are not capable of scientific proof.” His lawyer, Shah Qureshi, head of employment law at Bindmans LLP, added that to not grant AGW beliefs the same protections as religion would mean “that the more evidence there is to support your views, the less likely it would be for you to enjoy protection against discrimination.”

That theory was put to the test in an unusual court case and in the end Mr. Nicholson prevailed. Justice Michael Burton who delivered the ruling, ironically had used the same logic to hand a victory to climate skeptics over advocates of anthropogenic global warming theory seeking to show school children An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.  The court, which Justice Burton served on, ruled that the move was a political, not a scientific work, and was unfit for the classroom. 

Mr Nicholson lauded the verdict, stating, “I believe man-made climate change is the most important issue of our time and nothing should stand in the way of diverting this catastrophe. This philosophical belief that is based on scientific evidence has now been given the same protection in law as faith-based religious belief. Belief in man-made climate change is not a new religion, it is a philosophical belief that reflects my moral and ethical values and is underlined by the overwhelming scientific evidence." 

His employers have vowed to appeal the decision. If it stands, however, it could have major legal affects in Britain and beyond. Affording environmental beliefs the same status as religion opens companies to suits from employees complaining about lack of recycling facilities or offering low-carbon travel. It also prevents employers from dismissing employees from their environmental beliefs, even if they seem radical. 

In the U.S., similar protections exist for employment and religion/philosophy. The laws are certainly worded differently, but the British decision could embolden those seeking similar protections in the U.S. At the end of the day, the ruling forces society to be accept and cater to a variety of opinions on climate change and environmentalism, while at the same time making it harder for organizations, particularly government funded ones, to voice views on such topics.

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And their Dear Preacher ALgore is posed to be this:
By Nfarce on 11/4/2009 7:54:26 PM , Rating: 3

Dumbass sheep. Let's see more headlines & comments recently about "Global Warming" here, shall we?

"The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season has been the quietest in more than a decade" - I thought the ALgore said Katrina was caused by we men grilling meat and driving SUVs? Oh, and that's hurricane season #4 now post-Katrina that was WAY under the forecast activity.

"October Cold Snap Sets 82-Year Record In Chicago" - Is that because all the teleprompters and Chicago pal "czar" and various crony hot air moved to DC?

"New Jersey: Early snowfall nearly breaks 30-year record"

But don't think it's just the US. From Austria: "Early snow records set to be broken" - Yep, gotta be that pesky global warming.

Back to the US: "So far in July, 1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC -- count record "low highs" and the number increases to 2,925, surely to pass 3,000 before the end of the month." - Okay let me guess, global warming ACTUALLY causes global cooling, right? Just like if it rains too much, it's global warming. If there's a drought, it's global warming. If there's an active hurricane season, global warming. NOT enough hurricanes, global warming.

But the asshat douche bag global walarmist comment of the month goes to this winner:

"Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet"

Hey Stern, do the letters GFY mean anything? I'll eat anything I damn well please, and just for you tonight, will throw not one, but TWO big fat rib eyes on the grill.

Yeah, I'm about sick of these fascists shoving their religion down my throat.

By Nfarce on 11/4/2009 8:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
And hence, my comment that not matter WHAT happens in planetary weather, it can be blamed on "global warming." Drought, flood, heat, cold, big hurricanes, no hurricanes, etc.

Cycle, wash, rinse, spin, repeat as necessary.

By amanojaku on 11/4/2009 8:49:12 PM , Rating: 3
I thought the ALgore said Katrina was caused by we men grilling meat and driving SUVs?
I don't know about the SUVs, but men grilling meat are DEFINITELY responsible for global warming.

1) Man grills meat
2) Man eats meat
3) Man farts
4) Man's friend knocks back a cold one and returns the fart
5) Man's neighbors drop by to eat grilled meat and fart in unison

The result is catastrophe. Water vapor (H20) is the largest greenhouse gas with a contribution of 36-72%. That's us sweating over the grill. Our farts are up to 10% Oxygen and 50% Hydrogen. Damned good source of H20, too!

C02 is next, at 9-26% of the global warming potential. Farts are 10-30% CO2!

Methane contributes to 4-9% of the GWP. Methane makes up 10% of the fart!

Nitrogen makes up 20-90% of the fart, and is a component in the next greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) We all know what happens when men laugh - we fart more, just because. You can see the begins of a vicious cycle...

The astute reader may have noticed there's a discrepancy in the oxygen content necessary for creating H20 and N20. Ozone! The collective farts of man and animal allows Hydrogen and Nitrogen to bond with the Ozone in the atmosphere.

Please, remember South Park: don't fart too much, or too little.

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