This Spring the European Court of Human Justice is set to hear, on appeal, the cases of Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin, two Christian workers banned from wearing a cross at work. Although losing their cases in the British courts, both women have won the backing of the Equalities Commission, which is set to tell Strasbourg judges that believers have the right openly to display their faith, even if such display is not a strict requirement of their religion.
Liberal Democratic MP and Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, disagrees. In a startling move, she has claimed that a cross or crucifix is neither a generally recognised, nor required, symbol of the Christian faith, and has accordingly ordered Government lawyers in Strasbourg to oppose the appeal, stating that Christian workers have no right to wear a cross at work.
David Cameron’s coalition is already at loggerheads with both Anglican and Roman Catholic churches over same-sex marriage, and this would appear yet further evidence of the marginalisation of Christians in government policy. If you disagree with Ms Featherstone’s assertion and the exclusion of Christianity from the marketplace, please write to her, stating your views clearly, and copy to your MP, and the Prime Minister.
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