The British government's decision to ban hunting is encountering stiff opposition from pro-hunting groups. While I was over there this issue was constantly on the news (especially when a group of hunting advocates managed to disrupt a session of the House of Commons). But now British hunting enthusiasts have adopted a novel defense of their pasttime. They've formed the Free Church of Country Sports
, which is an ecumenical group that views hunting as a form of worship. Therefore, they claim, a ban on hunting would violate their religious rights. They're also arguing that a hunting ban would be racially discriminatory since, as this article
puts it, "those who take part in country sports are sufficiently culturally different to be considered a social group with an ethnic identity."
So far, the British government doesn't seem to be buying these arguments. But then, it was also slow to recognize Jedi-ism
as a religion, wasn't it?