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Hospital porter fired in crucifix row (UK) [Religion of Peace Alert!]
Manchester Evening News ^ | February 2, 2008 | Neal Keeling

Posted on 02/02/2008 7:28:55 AM PST by NYer

A HOSPITAL porter has been sacked after a row over a crucifix being covered up in a prayer room.

Joseph Protano, 54, was suspended four days after the incident last month at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.

He has now been dismissed for gross misconduct, but intends to appeal.

Police quizzed him for four hours last month, on suspicion of religiously aggravated assault, but he was released without charge.

He denies the allegations and must wait to see if police take any action.

The row centres on a prayer room available to staff and visitors of all faiths at the hospital, which contains a Virgin Mary statue and a crucifix.

Mr Protano, a Roman Catholic who has worked two years at the hospital, entered the room when three Muslims were using it - two patients and a doctor.

An argument broke out after he asked them to remove a cloth covering the crucifix and statue and to turn a picture of the Virgin Mary face up.

He said he was unable to comment on his sacking as the police probe and his plans to appeal were ongoing.

But a friend said: "He was very shocked at the decision.

"He thinks he has been treated terribly.

"He loves his job and doesn't do it for the money - until recently, his employers were paying just £5.88 an hour.

"They are saying he should not have gone into the prayer room and it is alleged he used racist language, which he totally refutes.

"His pay has been stopped, even though he intends to appeal, and he has had to sign on for benefits."

The friend said Mr Protano went into the prayer room about six times a day to check the statue and crucifix were not left covered.

He said as a Christian, he felt it could be upsetting for visiting parents to find them covered up.

The case has angered many hospital staff, who think he has been treated unfairly.

Police said a file had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide on any further action.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catholic; cross; diversity; eurabia; islam; jihadinbritain; muslim; uk
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To: NYer

Is that the same nypost who supports obama hussein?


21 posted on 02/02/2008 8:27:31 AM PST by italianquaker (I will vote for Bozo the Clown instead of hillary and obama hussein barack)
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To: NYer

way back when ,in the late 90s, LongIslandCity HS set up a prayer room in the auditorium during ramadam, gave them excused lateness due to THIER prayer time and had the qur’an set up in the main lobby’s trophy breakfront on display...
when I spoke with the pricipal, I was told the usual response,”you’re the only one complaining...”,and I was NOT complaining,only asking how this is possible as in this school there was no room for the Bible on display,excused lateness for our Holy Days of obligation etc.

This is the same scatology as when in my district,community board 1 appropriated 2 entire city blocks for a mosque’s PARKING lot forbidding any other parking on 2 muslim holy days. Now this is in an area where resident’s parking is next to nonexistent and the mosque is in a location with 2 municipal lots,one subway station and 2 bus lines a 3 minute walk away. When the community board was questioned as to who gave them the right to tell the local people where we can or cannot park our cars under PENALTY ($$) of law for a religious observance, I was told “this was required”. When they were asked as to what nyc requirememnt and why we never had any Christian requirements such as Easter/Christmas to allow the families to double/triple park to celebrate-—i was told that Cristmas etc.,were NOT a requirement and “did I attend community board 1’s meeting the night they appropriated those streets ?”
we got that nonsense stopped.

I don’t know what the present situation is in LIC HS as the last one graduated in 2003 and i haven’t paid them a visit since.
Unfortunately I didn’t think to take any pictures.


22 posted on 02/02/2008 8:29:47 AM PST by catroina54 (......stuff's been goin' on for a while)
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To: xkaydet65

We’ve got to stop being bullied and stand up...our kids school here in Georgia was threatened by the Ga. ACLU if they didn’t remove the word “Christmas” from the Dec. 25th space on the school calendar...too offensive!

A FEDERAL holiday!

www.thomasmore.org

www.aclj.org


23 posted on 02/02/2008 8:35:41 AM PST by tpanther
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To: muawiyah

A treaty? Have you read the koran?


24 posted on 02/02/2008 8:36:25 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: NYer

Coming soon to the US.


25 posted on 02/02/2008 8:42:09 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: NYer

“Religiously aggravated assault”?!?! Are they friggin’ kidding? What the bloody he-double-hockey-sticks has happened to Britian?


26 posted on 02/02/2008 8:47:32 AM PST by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: NYer
Image hosted by Photobucket.com alla and his goathumpers win again...
27 posted on 02/02/2008 8:53:20 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: maine-iac7
Exactly! The more I think about this story the more it outrages me. Why weren't the Muslims who covered up the statue and the crucifix charged with "religiously aggravated assault" for attacking Christians?

This story has me infuriated. What an utter outrage. England is a Christian nation, the Queen is "Defender of the Faith"!!!

28 posted on 02/02/2008 9:02:03 AM PST by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: catroina54

I hear you. Way back in the early 90s ;) at my HS, we were allowed to go to Mass during holy days of obligation during school time (we were excused from class completely for the duration of the service.) This was a public HS, but people were just *slightly* more reasonable then. It’s funny how now it’s OK for an extreme minority to be granted such a boon, but if you’re in the Christian majority, well, to hell with you.


29 posted on 02/02/2008 9:29:50 AM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: NYer
When I read these things I wonder how much longer it will be before Western civilization realizes that there is no way out.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

30 posted on 02/02/2008 9:38:11 AM PST by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: NYer
Between 40-60% is somewhat peaceful - (as long as you don't step out of line)

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

31 posted on 02/02/2008 9:40:07 AM PST by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: tpanther

I’m all for letting the federal employees and congress work on Christmas Day if they want to take this idiocy to it’s logical conclusion.


32 posted on 02/02/2008 9:41:51 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: 3AngelaD; NYer; Tax-chick; Alouette; ArrogantBustard
Having large numbers of children, in itself, is not digusting.

It is irresponsible, however, if the parents are not providing and caring for their own children; and if they are simply expecting society's publicly-funded structures to do it for them, it is exploitative as well.

The child-rich preferences of other cultures would not bother us so much, I think, if we ourselves were not stuck on steriliy. Looking at my own family tree:

This isn't "the assault of the alien cultures." It's the geno-suicide of the West.
33 posted on 02/02/2008 10:25:11 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (How is it ArrogantBustard always puts it? "Abortion, contraception, sterilization and buggery...")
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To: NYer
I know that this is going to get me flamed, however a large part of what is going on here is power within the hospital that has very little to do with religion. Mr. Protano was fired because he is a porter, low on the hospital hierarchy. The others in the complaint much higher in hierarchy then he, "three Muslims were using it - two patients and a doctor". Doctors outrank everyone except administrators. If there is a complaint between a doctor and a porter, the porter losses.

This is not to say that Mr. Protano was not within his rights in his wish that the prayer room's furnishing not be changed by anyone who used the room, without permission from the hospital. I am also in no way saying that Islam isn't encroaching on fundamental freedoms of the Western World.

However, if there is a complaint between a Catholic doctor and a Muslim porter, the Muslim porter is going to loose. Mr. Protano was treated so poorly because he was a porter and the other person was a doctor.
34 posted on 02/02/2008 10:38:38 AM PST by Talking_Mouse (O Lord, destroy Islam by converting the Muslims to Christianity.)
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To: Boagenes

>England is a Christian nation, the Queen is “Defender of the Faith”!!!<

England was a Christian nation, the Queen was “Defender of the Faith”!!!


35 posted on 02/02/2008 10:43:04 AM PST by B4Ranch ((Don't forget to say a prayer for our soldiers out there in harm's way. ))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, Contracepting and Sterilizing itself out of existence.

I call it the “ABCS of Cultural Suicide”.

The future belongs to those who procreate.


37 posted on 02/02/2008 11:17:10 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: cherry; NYer

I must say I am skeptical of this claim. If the Jews had such overwhelming global influence, Israel would not be stranded with scarcely an ally in the world.


38 posted on 02/02/2008 12:07:22 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: NYer

A HOSPITAL porter has been sacked after a row over a crucifix being covered up in a prayer room.

Yet hospital workers are required to turn the beds of Muslim patients to face Mecca five times a day. Sick and hypocritical. The UK is lost.
39 posted on 02/02/2008 12:17:40 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: 3AngelaD

People who hate Western cultures should not be allowed to live in the West.

Bump!! Why do they come here if they hate us Western infidels so much anyway? Looking for work? Then why don't they realize their own backwards countries don't allow enough freedom to have a flourishing work force and strong economy/currency like us in the West?
40 posted on 02/02/2008 12:19:26 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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