Skip to comments.UK Government to Argue that Christians Have No Right to Wear Cross Openly at Work
Posted on 03/11/2012 1:05:23 PM PDT by NYer
Christians do not have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the Government is to argue in a landmark court case.
In a highly significant move, ministers will fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross.
It is the first time that the Government has been forced to state whether it backs the right of Christians to wear the symbol at work.
A document seen by The Sunday Telegraph discloses that ministers will argue that because it is not a "requirement" of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross and sack workers who insist on doing so.
The Government's position received an angry response last night from prominent figures including Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
He accused ministers and the courts of "dictating" to Christians and said it was another example of Christianity becoming sidelined in official life.
The Government's refusal to say that Christians have a right to display the symbol of their faith at work emerged after its plans to legalise same-sex marriages were attacked by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.
A poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph shows that the country is split on the issue.
Overall, 45 per cent of voters support moves to allow gay marriage, with 36 per cent against, while 19 per cent say they do not know.
However, the Prime Minister is out of step with his own party.
Exactly half of Conservative voters oppose same-sex marriage in principle and only 35 per cent back it.
There is no public appetite to change the law urgently, with more than three quarters of people polled saying it was wrong to fast-track the plan before 2015 and only 14 per cent saying it was right.
The Strasbourg case hinges on whether human rights laws protect the right to wear a cross or crucifix at work under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
It states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance."
The Christian women bringing the case, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin, claim that they were discriminated against when their employers barred them from wearing the symbols.
They want the European Court to rule that this breached their human right to manifest their religion.
We’re probably next, ping!
I hope they try it! I’ll wear my cross on a white tabard. Deus vult.
They can try it I suppose.
But I think they will find out by doing so just how many people in this country have a cross to bare.
Know those huge red double-decker buses in the UK?
There are real cases of muzzie drivers pulling them over IN TRANSIT, simply to bray to Allah on the side of the road.
THAT is the type of accommodation that these carpet-baggers expect.
At the same time that government fundamentalists are sending cross-wearing farm boys into battle against pajama-wearing men who throw acid into the face of women, they are making war on Christianity on BOTH sides of the Pacific.
They’re making a grab for ALL the chips on the table.
I would then think that there is no right to wear a burka at work under any circumstances.
I would then need to get a tattoo of a cross on the back of my hand.
I guess my James Avery silver cross ring would be verboten over there in Londonistan.
The Evil one fears and despiSes Jesus Christ, doesn’t he?
The Evil one fears and despiSes Jesus Christ, doesn’t he?
Boy, it’s a good thing that a conservative PM took over from those Labour party leftists who were wrecking the country and its traditions!
But they can wear their veils and unroll their flying carpets to pray to a pedophile while on company time.
Because the politicians are scared sh!tless of the goat violators.
A good many politicians in the UK...AND THE US....need to be put against a wall and SHOT for treason.
I forgot to add:
And because many of the PIG politicians on both sides of the Atlantic take blood money from the muslims...
May they all roast in HELL.
Muzzies already made a stink of the need to change the Swiss flag
>> two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross.
Get it together, citizens of the UK.
Actually, I think changing the flag has already been discussed by them. I don’t think they could get away with it now, but I bet it’s going to come up again.
“A document seen by The Sunday Telegraph discloses that ministers will argue that because it is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross and sack workers who insist on doing so.”
Maybe the British churches should make it a requirement, because resting on their magic carpets IS a requirement. Europe hasn’t been Christian since Stalin & his allies won WWII.
Actually those stories have turned out to be false. Usually from low-rent tabloids peddling second hand stories.
Perhaps you will come again and ‘save’ us. That always seems to make you lot go all creamy in your Calvin Kleins.
Kind of annoyed about the "Asian" teenage-sex rings using runaway Brit girls, and the Archbishop of Canterbury in full Dhimmi mode on most things.
Of course the Scots may have a different view; but it's hard to tell all the way from Minnesota (land of 10,000 Swedes) when we have Keith Ellison importing as many Muslim Somalis as he can, and then feigning deafness when odd lots of the teen males "disappear" only to pop up doing jihad in Africa...
Damn, I hate people when they polite in reply......lol.
The Archbishop is an idiot, no one here in the UK takes him seriously anymore.
BTW, even as a Tory, I think this story is a disgrace, and for once I hope the Govt is humiliated into retreat.