Banning the cross at work is an ‘attack’ on the Christian faith

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From Public Service Europe

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by Nigel Farage

05 September 2012

If the right of employers to forbid such acts of expression as wearing a cross at work is upheld, where will it end – asks United Kingdom Independence Party leader

The case of four Christians who have taken cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has provided us with one of the most extraordinary sights: that of Counsel for the United Kingdom attacking the right of people to wear an outward assertion of their faith at work. Nadia Eweida, a British Airways worker from Twickenham in south west London, was sent home in 2006 after refusing to remove a necklace with a cross or hide it from view.

An employment tribunal ruled Eweida, a Coptic Christian originally from Egypt, had not suffered religious discrimination but the airline changed its uniform policy after the case to allow all religious symbols, including crosses. Nurse Shirley Chaplin, from Exeter, was moved to a paperwork role by the Royal Devon and Exeter National Health Service Trust, in Devon, after refusing to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix.

People in these islands have been wearing crosses to evince their faith on and off since the third century AD, when Christianity was first practised here in Roman times. Though some wear a cross as an accessory, to the vast majority of those who wear a modest crucifix either around the neck or as a lapel badge – it is no more than a small and discreet statement to the world that the wearer is a practising Christian. For those of faith and those of no faith, it is part and parcel of our British culture and as such part of the fabric of the British nation.

In reality, it is no more and no less than the exercise of the right of freedom of expression. If the right of employers to forbid such acts of expression is upheld, where will it end? Will it be in order to forbid those who wear charity wristbands from such a display? Will employees wearing lapel pins indicating membership of, say, a political party or a trades union – or their former regiment – be similarly forbidden? Yet, now wearing a crucifix is to become the object of state intolerance.

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8 Replies to “Banning the cross at work is an ‘attack’ on the Christian faith”

  1. As far as I know English female cops have to wear a kind of head cover that covers the hear when they patrol in muslim areas.

  2. You cannot allow some “religions” to display symbols of their faith and not others. If muslims can wear the hijab then Christians may wear the cross whether the muslim supremacists like it or not.

    Seems to me that everyone would be happier if all muslims were ejected from every Western country, they don’t belong, they don’t want to belong, they just want to take over and that is what is causing a lot of the friction. Sane people would not put up with his.

  3. The left has been attacking Christianity ever since the Greek Orthodox helped defeat the communist revolt in the 1940s, this attack has now come to the point where non Christians who believe in the rule of law are recognizing the attacks for what they are.

  4. Meanwhile the screaming mustards wear their rags, the women in their garbage bags and the employer says stuff all. The demands that they impose on all is discrimination in all areas, “you cant wear that cross, but i can wear my rags”

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