In October 2008, a police employee was forced out of his job because he believed in psychics and spirituality.
Alan Power is 62 years old and is from Merseyside and used to work for the Greater Manchester Police. And just recently, he won in a court ruling that says his views should be considered as faith.
A police authority appeal that contested his beliefs as not equal to religious views was rejected by an employment tribunal.
Mr. Power believes that psychics are helpful in the investigation of a crime because they are able to contact people even after their death. According still to Mr. Power, such faith in psychics was a result of his own experience when he was a child and used to see “ghosts”.
According to a tribunal judge at a previous hearing in Manchester, his opinion of Mr. Power is that he is “capable of being religious beliefs”. Additionally, this was covered by the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
It is believed that the ruling may open the potential for floodgates of the same claim. This is according to Mark Hill QC of the Greater Manchester Police Authority.
According to the 2001 census, spiritualism is the 8th largest faith group in Britain. It has about 32,000 people who claim allegiance to it. This was told to the hearing in London.
Mr. Power was seen being delighted at the court’s decision.
“It’s fantastic. It proves that spiritualism is a religion worthy of respect. I haven’t claimed any costs. I’m not claiming compensation. It’s about hurt feelings. I expect my religion to be respected,” said Mr. Power in an interview.
Source : http://www.psychics.org.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=239