The definition, under the law, for a religion or belief to be protected was established by a case called Nicholson vs Grainger plc.
Mr Nicholson pictured after the case.
Religion: must have a clear structure and a belief system
Philosophical belief: must be:
- Genuinely held
- Not simply an opinion or viewpoint
- Based on information currently available
- Concern a weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour
- Attain a certain level of cogency, seriousness, cohesion and importance
- Be worthy of respect in a democratic society
- Be compatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental right of others