Our favourite journalistic cliché is out in force once again to describe the “landmark” case of Power v Greater Manchester Police. All the Employment Tribunal decided at a preliminary hearing was that Spiritualism was a religion for the purposes of the Employment Equality (Religion & Belief) Regulations 2003. Although those Regulations have no definition of “religion” Spiritualism has been recognised by the state as a religion for some time and the Charity Commissioners confirmed in 2001 that it passed muster as a religion so it could gain the benefits of charitable status.
As the report at PoliceProfessional.com indicates there are statistics from the 2001 census about the religious make up of the UK – the full figures were:
No religion/atheist/agnostic 8,596,488
No response 4,443,520
For those of you wondering the census answer “Jedi” was treated as being the same as no religion.