This government entity - funded to the tune of 53 million taxpayer pounds (=$84 million American dollars) a year - has been hard at work imposing the "new morality" of liberal elites upon English society; a new morality which treats gays and lesbians as a protected class while marginalizing Christians and those with traditional moral values. Here's a brief recap of the Commission's recent gaffs:
Last year the Commission deployed its legal and financial resources to back the case of a homosexual couple pursuing the Christian owners of a B&B through the courts...
Alarmingly, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a further legal action [after the owners were forced to pay £3,600 in damages to the homosexual couple] demanding an increase in the level of damages. But the demand was withdrawn after negative publicity. The Commission said it was an “error of judgment”.
In a court case involving a Christian couple who were struggling to become foster carers because of their beliefs about homosexual conduct, the Commission intervened and warned that children may be at risk of being ‘infected’ by the moral values of Christian foster parents.
It later apologised for the extraordinary remark, claiming it was a lawyer’s drafting error. (The Christian Institute)
Just this week we reported that the news had surfaced that the same Equality Commission was suggesting that children as young as 11 should be asked about their sexuality without their parents’ consent, and that records of their responses should be kept on file.
Luckily, all of these activities by the EC have not gone unnoticed: "A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland said the taxpayer-funded Commission had abandoned impartiality and become 'a partisan player in human rights campaigning'."
Now the English Parliament is expected to debate taking some powers away from the Commission, led by Home Secretary Theresa May, by "amending the Equality Act 2006 which established the Commission and gave the quango (quasi-autonomous national government organisation) its powers" in the first place.
Furthermore, "In February the Times newspaper reported that the controversial quango will have its budget reduced to £22.5 million before the next General Election – a cut of 'almost 60 per cent'." At one time the Equality Commission was receiving 60 Million English Taxpayer pounds a year.
The first step to reforming out-of-control, government-sponsored organizations which are harassing a nation's citizens is for those citizens to urge their government to take active steps to fix the problem. It appears this process has finally begun in the UK. But this example of how liberal elites in England are willing to use taxpayer funding to marginalize citizens who disagree with their ideology should remain a potent lesson for Americans as well.