Community research and consultation
Religion and belief
For a philosophical belief to be protected under the Act it must be genuinely held and not an opinion or view point. It must also it must be a belief regarding a substantial aspect of human life and behaviour attaining a certain level seriousness, cohesion and importance. The belief must be worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not conflict with the fundamental rights of others. The law also protects people who have no religious belief, for example humanists or atheists.
Information and consultation
The Dorset Equalities Partnership commissioned a Religion and belief fact sheet outlining an introduction into Faith, Religion and Belief.