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Christians take prejudice row to Strasbourg
The Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2011 | David Barrett

Posted on 06/06/2011 6:04:52 PM PDT by AustralianConservative

The Government will be forced to say whether it backs the rights of Christians to wear the cross and opt out of diversity legislation as part of a landmark legal case.

European judges have ordered ministers to make a formal statement on whether it believes Christians' rights have been infringed by previous decisions in the British courts, which have repeatedly dismissed their right to dress and act according to their beliefs.

The move by the European Court in Strasbourg is because Christians who believe they have suffered discrimination for their beliefs are taking a landmark legal fight the court.

Four Christians leading the pivotal new challenge include Nadia Eweida, the British Airways worker who mounted a legal action after being barred from wearing a cross around her neck.

Their cases have been selected by the European Court as of being of such legal significance that they be examined further.

Once ministers have responded the court will decide whether to have full hearings on them.

The four new cases, which come from a range of Christian denominations, could lead to a final legal answer on how religious beliefs must be balanced against equality laws designed to prohibit discrimination against minority religions and other groups such as homosexuals.

The other applicants to the European Court of Human Rights include Lillian Ladele, a former registrar who objected to conducting homosexual civil partnership ceremonies because of her faith.

It led to disciplinary action by Islington council in north London, where she had worked for 17 years. Gary McFarlane, a Christian relationship counsellor, has also applied to Strasbourg after he was sacked by a Relate, the counselling service, for refusing to give sex therapy to homosexual couples.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christianity; christophobia; eu; uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8556650/Christians-take-prejudice-row-to-Strasbourg.html
1 posted on 06/06/2011 6:04:56 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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To: AustralianConservative

” religious beliefs must be balanced against equality laws designed to prohibit discrimination against minority religions”

I was under the impression that Christianity is a minority religion in England.


2 posted on 06/06/2011 6:21:50 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: Spudx7

Actually, Christian culture is very strong in many parts of the UK where I lived but is hidden by the media in the positive sense. I’ve lived and worked over there.


3 posted on 06/06/2011 8:20:25 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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To: AustralianConservative

The European Right saw this crap coming in the 1930s, especially in the Spanish government’s persecution of the Church before St. Francis(co Franco) arrived and set things right.

Viva Cristo Rey!


4 posted on 06/06/2011 8:28:09 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: AustralianConservative

Glad to hear it. I have read the results of several surveys implying that those who claimed to be committed, believing Christians made up about 3% of the population.


5 posted on 06/06/2011 9:05:31 PM PDT by Spudx7
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I guess it depends on where you go in Europe too. In some parts of London there are many evangelical ethnic-majority churches and in public schools you can sing Christian songs. In Ireland, abortion is outlawed. In Poland, church attendance is very high and so on.

Places like the Netherlands are often misunderstood too: The south tends to be more liberal, while the north tends to be more conservative. In France the burka is banned and in Switzerland, minarets are banned. To be fair, the U.S. media has done a good job at hiding conservatism in Europe.


6 posted on 06/06/2011 10:00:40 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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AussieCons: I guess it depends on where you go in Europe too. In some parts of London there are many evangelical ethnic-majority churches and in public schools you can sing Christian songs. In Ireland, abortion is outlawed. In Poland, church attendance is very high and so on.

Places like the Netherlands are often misunderstood tooThe south tends to be more liberal, while the north tends to be more conservative. In France the burka is banned and in Switzerland, minarets are banned. To be fair, the U.S. media has done a good job at hiding conservatism in Europe.

I agree -- those statements are true from my experience travelling around Europe

7 posted on 06/07/2011 4:05:03 AM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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