UK Man Worships at Church of Climate Change
And claims his belief deserves protection just like Islam or Judaism
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 8:01 AM CST
In what may or may not be a religious act, an environmental activist participates in a demonstration.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – You can't force a Muslim to eat pork, or a Jew to pray to Jesus, and a UK man is claiming in court that his religious belief deserves similar protection. Climate change, that is.
Tim Nicholson of Oxford is suing for religious discrimination after an employer, annoyed with his attempts to calculate the company's carbon footprint, gave him the axe. The fired man says his devout environmentalism counts as a religious belief; the company says it got rid of him for "structural" reasons.

"Belief in man-made climate change and the alleged resulting moral imperative is capable of being a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by the 2003 religion or belief regulations," the Daily Telegraph quotes the man's lawyer as saying.