The whole article is available here The impetus is clear: The government does not believe that Christians have a right to openly wear a crucifix in the workplace. Such a violation is subject to dismissal by the employer. This is the current status of freedom of religion in Europe and England, and, if many get their way in America, we will see it soon here... unless the SCOTUS refutes such egregious violation of our rights...
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.
Government's position received an angry response last night from
prominent figures including Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of
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.
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."