CARDIFF - Christmas lunch with some of my extended family in the United Kingdom was unusual.
I was the only non-vegan there.
Later we met again for Christmas evening fun.
One of grand-daughters had baked chocolate brownies which I really enjoyed.
Then her mum broke the news, "Dad you didn't know it but that cake was made with a 100% vegan recipe!"
Apparently one of the mysterious items was courgettes [zucchinis].
I had believed myself to be a chocoholic for most of my life, and loved nurturing cocoa trees to achieve abundant harvests of the crop.
I mention veganism because in a UK Tribunal reading last week, Judge Robin Postle ruled in a short summary judgment that ethical veganism satisfied the tests required for it to be a philosophical belief protected under the Equality Act 2010.
For a belief to be protected, it must meet a series of tests including being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not being incompatible with human dignity, and not conflicting with the fundamental rights of others.
So the crazy post-modern world slithers further into absurdities in matters religious.
In a local high school they have been allowing pupils to claim, 'Today I am a banana!'
No teacher is allowed under human rights law to dispute the child's belief system even if he or she changes to believing they are apples.
Guess one day soon somebody will claim he or she is 'in love' with the 14 year old girl next door then why shouldn't they be allowed to marry her.
Or perhaps I could marry my grand-son or my cat which I really do love so much. Should I start a belief system of Homo-Cattus.
In the oft-called bad old days such beliefs were called cults.
If you don't believe me and criticise me I may have to sue for religious discrimination.
St Paul met such silly ideas 2,000 years ago.
In Acts 17:23 he is cited as saying: "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship--and this is what I am going to proclaim to you."