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Human Rights 'Agenda' is New Totalitarianism, Bishop Warns Judges
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/1/12 | John Bingham

Posted on 09/02/2012 5:55:45 AM PDT by marshmallow

Human rights are becoming a new form of totalitarianism, being used to drive Christians out of public life and even their jobs, European judges will be warned next week.

Laws originally designed to protect basic freedoms are instead being used to strip British society of its Christian foundations while upholding the rights of minorities, they will hear.

The warning, from a prominent Church of England bishop, comes as part of a landmark case on religious freedom in Britain to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg next week.

In a powerful submission to the judges, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, warns of a distorted “human rights agenda” which he likens to the atheist communist regimes in Eastern Europe which also suppressed Christianity by preventing public manifestations of faith.

Unless basic Christian values are upheld, human rights will become “another inhuman ideology”, like the totalitarian regimes of the past, suppressing individuals, he says.

The case is being brought by four workers including Shirley Chaplin, a former nurse, and Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in clerk who were denied the right to wear a cross as a visible manifestation of their faith.

They are joining with Gary McFarlane, a relationship counsellor, and Lillian Ladele, a registrar, who were refused the right to opt out of tasks which went against their beliefs on homosexuality.

All four cases have already been rejected by British employment tribunals and courts which concluded that wearing a cross or holding traditional views on sexuality were not “core” parts of the Christian faith.

They claim that British laws failed to uphold their freedom of religion under article nine of the European Convention on Human Rights and protect them from discrimination, under article 14.

The case is being viewed as a watershed.....

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; kenyanbornmuzzie; partisanmediashills; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 09/02/2012 5:55:48 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

>>The case is being brought by four workers including Shirley Chaplin, a former nurse, and Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in clerk who were denied the right to wear a cross as a visible manifestation of their faith.

>All four cases have already been rejected by British employment tribunals and courts which concluded that wearing a cross or holding traditional views on sexuality were not “core” parts of the Christian faith.

Un-freakin-believable! A court gets to decide what is part of someone’s faith?? We should start wearing crusader tabards!


2 posted on 09/02/2012 5:59:21 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: marshmallow

“They are joining with Gary McFarlane, a relationship counsellor, and Lillian Ladele, a registrar, who were refused the right to opt out of tasks which went against their beliefs on homosexuality.
All four cases have already been rejected by British employment tribunals and courts which concluded that wearing a cross or holding traditional views on sexuality were not “core” parts of the Christian faith.”

This says a lot. No wonder they feel they are being vanquished by the aggressive secularists.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 6:01:52 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Bryanw92

We’re on the same path here.

Catholic hospital networks are selling to secular non-profits because of Obamacare.

If people do not wake up and see what is going to happen here, their faiths will be forced underground in a similar fashion slowly over time.


4 posted on 09/02/2012 6:09:42 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: marshmallow

When secular courts outlaw Christianity, all Christians should be outlaws. It will be evident who are the sheep and who are the goats.

Note that no court in the world is challenging murderous Islam. Judges want to keep their heads.


5 posted on 09/02/2012 6:16:51 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: marshmallow
We need more truth and protest from the leaders of Christian religions. For too long, these leaders have softened to the new societal "norms" and forgotten that it is the Church's obligation to preach and pray for society to conform to God's Perfect Will - not to dilute God to conform to societal pressures/trends. If I ever hear another Pope (Benedict XVI on 9 June 2011: Nature, he said, is not for amusement or exploitation: "It is, rather, the place where man was born; his "home," so to speak. It is essential for us. A change in mentality in this realm, even with the contradictions it entails, must make it possible to quickly arrive at a global lifestyle that respects the covenant between humanity and nature, without which the human family risks disappearing.") talk about our responsibility to Mother Earth, I'll go on a campaign to discredit those who adore such personage.
6 posted on 09/02/2012 6:17:59 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: sf4dubya

For Europe it’s probably too late. And the Church of England has no one but itself to blame. It helped get the train moving and fueled it as it went down an all too predictable path, thinking they could stop it when it was getting close to going “too far”.

They’re now discovering that it can’t be stopped.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 6:20:10 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: marshmallow

If they haven’t listened in the past 100 years, I doubt they will have any interest in the truth now.


8 posted on 09/02/2012 6:20:38 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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Thanks marshmallow.
In a powerful submission to the judges, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, warns of a distorted "human rights agenda" which he likens to the atheist communist regimes in Eastern Europe which also suppressed Christianity by preventing public manifestations of faith.

9 posted on 09/02/2012 6:25:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Bryanw92

well then maybe a lot of people should take the rags off their heads and stop facing east in public. or is it west? lol ..


10 posted on 09/02/2012 6:30:03 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: marshmallow
The case is being brought by four workers including Shirley Chaplin, a former nurse, and Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in clerk who were denied the right to wear a cross as a visible manifestation of their faith.

"British airline BMI with full approval of the British Employment Tribunal has upheld the firing of a female, non-Muslim flight attendant for refusing to wear an abaya while she is de-planed in Saudi Arabia."

The PsTB are trying to eradicate Christianity at every level and replace it with islam. The NWO will be run by a few banksters and islam will be their means of controlling the little people.

Unfortunately for them, they're on the wrong side of the Apocalypse.

11 posted on 09/02/2012 6:42:39 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (You ain't holding anybody's feet to the fire ya lousy limp noodle.)
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To: marshmallow

How does a judge get off ruling that Christian moral teachings are not core beliefs? Certainly in the Catholic Church, our salvation in Christ calls us to a moral life sexually and otherwise. These teachings are in the Bible, the Church fathers and constant in the magisterium through the centuries. Jesus calls us to forsake sin. This is absolutely central to the faith. I know that modernist Episcopalians decided in the Righter heresy trial that sexual teachings were not core, but that is NOT the Catholic teaching.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: sf4dubya

>>Catholic hospital networks are selling to secular non-profits because of Obamacare.

>>If people do not wake up and see what is going to happen here, their faiths will be forced underground in a similar fashion slowly over time.

They should not sell. They should refuse to comply, put on their crusader gear, and prepare to repel invaders. Make the gummint come in and arrest some doctors, priests, and nuns for practicing medicine within the constraints of their faith. If we keep backing down, we will wind up underground and scratching fish symbols in the dirt.

Once again, we need to be shouting “Deus Vult!”, not apologizing for offending someone with a tiny cross.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 10:20:10 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

You wrote:

“They should not sell. They should refuse to comply, put on their crusader gear, and prepare to repel invaders. Make the gummint come in and arrest some doctors, priests, and nuns for practicing medicine within the constraints of their faith. If we keep backing down, we will wind up underground and scratching fish symbols in the dirt.”

YES !!! You are exactly right. I have always thought the same way. Don’t close, don’t sell. Just go on doing the right thing.


14 posted on 09/02/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: marshmallow

Everyone here who is a Christian should pray for the success of Bishop Nazir-Ali.

This man is a conservative, bible-believing orthodox Christian—who would of been Archbiship of Canterbury (meaning the chairman of the largest Protestant body on earth—when one considers the 10s of millions of Anglicans in the developing world) but for his candidacy being sabotaged by the homosexual-lobby (Nazir-Ali is uncompromising on the sinfulness of sodomy...) in the UK.

I have met him, and heard him speak, and the man is an amazingly erudite intellectual scholar, as well as a faithful pastor of the Church.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 11:00:24 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (reality is analog, not digital...)
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