March 12, 2012
UK government will oppose wearing of cross at work, newspaper says
By msnbc.com staff
The British government will argue in court that Christians don't have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The newspaper said the landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights involves two British women who are trying to establish their right to display the cross. The Telegraph said it's the first time the government has had to openly address whether Christians have a right to wear the symbol at work.
The Sunday Telegraph said it had seen a document that says the government will argue that because it is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross.
In the case before the human rights court, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin claim that their employers discriminated against them by barring them from wearing the symbols.The Telegraph said Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the government's stance and called it another example of Christianity becoming sidelined in official life.
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I cannot help but wonder why it is that only the chief Christian symbol has been singled out for suppression. What about the Star of David? What about all other religious symbols? Is it that Christianity is now perceived to be inimical to enlightened and liberal human living? It appears that while “diversity” is to be promoted, all diversities are not because the Christian diversity is to be excluded. What’s next? Will London’s Westminster Abbey be converted into a museum?
There are those over here in the colonies who want to emulate all that is European. So we can expect this sort of thing in the future “development” of what liberals perceive to be our backward Christian fundamentalist U.S. culture.
So much for being tolerant.