From the Daily Mail:
High Court orders coroner to ditch ‘cab rank’ system for burials and give Muslims and Jews priority because of their ‘deeply held beliefs’
High Court judges have ordered a coroner to change her ‘unlawful’ cab-rank queuing system for handling burials.
Religious groups brought a legal challenge against a policy established by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, which means deaths in her jurisdiction are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.
The policy stipulates that no death will be prioritised based on the religion of the deceased or their family by either the coroner or her officers.
But Lord Justice Singh said the policy was discriminatory and must be quashed…
Lawyers argued at a hearing last month that it ignores ‘deeply held beliefs’ of certain religious communities which require their dead to be buried as soon as possible.
They said Ms Hassell’s stance is unlawful and breaches the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.
Following the ruling, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘I welcome this decision by the High Court.’
It seems that most deaths are not referred to the coroner in London. Only in certain circumstances is this required. Either way, it seems that the bodies in her care are there because the law requires it.
If this were not the case, I would say that if Jews or Muslims aren’t satisfied with the way their bodies are treated, let them use a private service in accordance with their own beliefs. But if the law forces people to entrust their deceased loved ones with the coroner, then it should be required of the coroner to respect their sensibilities, and release the bodies as soon as possible.
The assumption here is that non-Jews and non-Muslims don’t care much either way. If they do care, then there’s no reason that their bodies should take a back seat to those of Jews and Muslims. Sensibilities are sensibilities, and religious feelings should not have precedence over those that are not religiously motivated.
But we’re talking about Not-So-Great-Britain, so I’m certain that a caste system for the dead has now been set in place – with Native Brits as the Untouchables. If Native Brits want their dead to be buried in a timely manner, they’ll now have to convert to Judaism or Islam first.