Freedom of Religion in Britain: Doublespeak at its Finest

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If you think the talk lately about government intrusion on first ammendment religious freedom in this country is much ado about nothing, think again.

The creeping anti-Christianity movement is alive and well worldwide. The latest example comes courtesy of the British government, which is supporting employers who wish to ban employees from wearing crosses at work.

That’s right….if the government wins its case, people will no longer have the right to wear a cross on the job.¬†This is freedom of religion?

You can’t make this stuff up.

The issue has ended up in the European Court of Human Rights following two long legal battles. The first involved a British Airways employee who was sent home and put on unpaid leave after she refused to remove her cross. (Interestingly, employees of other faiths have reportedly been allowed to wear religious items on the job without incident.) A year later, BA adjusted their policy and allowed this woman to return to work Рbut the airline declined to award her any back pay. She filed suit on the basis of religious discrimination, but lost. After the Supreme Court refused to hear her case, she took it to the ECHR.

The second situation involves a nurse who was told by the National Health Service that, though she’d worn a cross at work for some 30 years, she could no longer do so. A hearing ruled in favor of her employer’s ban on crosses at the workplace. (Oh, and by the way, the NHS uniform policy permits exemptions to other faiths when it comes to “religious clothing” – just don’t try to wear your Christian cross to work.)

Enter the European Court of Human Rights, and the British government’s brazen attempt to redefine freedom of religion as it makes its case in support of these and other employers.

Whether or not you’re a Christian, you should worry when you hear about something like this…and stand up against it. It’s a slippery slope when governments chip away at freedom.

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