What with the Maya Forstater case recently, what a better time to explain what “protected belief” means and what it does not mean.
Layman wise it’s means you can believe whatever you want. Also layman wise, it also means you CANNOT harass, discriminate and be violent towards others.
So you can believe there is a man who lives in the moon.
You can have a religious belief.
You can believe that Unicorns truly do exist.
You can “believe” that white people are better than POC.
You can believe that the earth is flat.
You can believe that wearing a mask is restricting your speech.
This is all protected.
What is not protected, is harassing, demeaning, degrading and being violent towards other people who don’t believe in what you believe in. Just like others can’t do that towards you and what you believe in.
It’s been interesting to see TERFs and Gender Criticals bragging how MF “won”. All she won was the opportunity to appeal at the employment tribunal. Which she would probably still lose anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if she goes for it. She also “won” the confirmation that what she thinks IS a belief. I really wish the main stream media, would be a bit smarter than this. But then again, we are talking about main stream media.