5 December, 2020

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UK Christians Take ‘Beliefs’ Fight To European Court Of Human Rights

Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs as a result of discrimination against their beliefs are taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights, BBC reports. They include an airline worker stopped from wearing a cross and a registrar who did not want to marry gay couples.

British Airways worker Nadia Eweida was sent home after refusing to remove a necklace with a cross

All four lost separate employment tribunals relating to their beliefs.

Secular critics have said any ruling in favour of the group could “seriously undermine” UK equality law.

A ruling is not expected from the European court for several weeks.

The cases involve British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida, nurse Shirley Chaplin, relationship counsellor Gary McFarlane and registrar Lilian Ladele:

  • Ms Eweida, a Pentecostal Christian from Twickenham, south-west London, was sent home by her employer British Airways in 2006 after refusing to remove a necklace with a cross
  • Devon-based nurse Mrs Chaplin was moved to a desk job by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital for similar reasons
  • Mr McFarlane, a Bristol counsellor, was sacked by Relate after saying on a training course he might have had a conscientious objection to giving sex therapy advice to gay couples
  • Miss Ladele was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in north London

Read more in BBC here

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    Thank God for British Christians who have the courage to stand up to state tyranny. I would like to see the British state do this to a Moslem and get away with it. ” Undermine equality laws” my foot. When it comes to gay rights , it is ok but when it comes to downright persecution of Christians, not ok. Where’s British justice here?

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      Why should Christians be given special treatment? If Muslims or Sikhs or Hindus or others cannot wear their religious emblems at work why is a cross sancrosanct?

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        American Lanka Lover, its not about special treatment for Christians at all. Muslims and sikhs and hindus DO get to wear their emblems – visibly much larger emblems than the tiny crucifix.

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      SS

      There is a lot of confusion in the UK with regards to religious rights, but please note that human rights do not give one the right to discriminate against another.

      There are four cases here. I think two of them (relating to what they wear) are ridiculous, and the system is clearly misguided.

      However the other two cases are not quite so simple. It is not a case of rights of one over the other. It is a case of realising what discrimination is. Human rights do not give one a right to discriminate based on faith. To that effect, stating one cannot discriminate, is not discrimination. Both cases of Mr McFarlane and Miss Ladele are of discrimination.

      If you are of a certain profession, you must provide your service within that profession to all, or quit. As if you do not, then you are discriminating. As a sex therapist, Mr McFarlane may claim incapable of providing an effective service to homosexual couples, however it should still be up to those seeking his service to determine if the quality of his service is sufficient or not. He has no right to pick and choose who he serves. He does have a right to quit his job however, as clearly, the scope of the job is not in line with his beliefs. But to demand that the scope of his job be adjusted to suit his beliefs is unreasonable.

      Miss Ladele is simply being precious. As a registrar, she has a duty to perform within her community. If she cannot perform that duty completely, then she should quit. She has no right to compromise the role of the region’s a registrar by using her faith. She has every right to not register same sex couples, but then she has no right to hold a position that provides that service, as it compromises the position of both her employer and community unfairly.

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        Just wondering how much of all what you say apply to the fundamentalist Islamists. No wonder the west has a problem with them. The trouble with Britain is they are too politically correct – we all saw how that went, with the London riots. Children are not allowed to be spanked and disciplined, that affects their rights, so without discipline at home or in school, they went out and set fire to other people’s things. And American Lanka Lover, what is wrong with someone wearing a cross or a dharmachakra or anything else? The article only deals with discrimination faced by the Christians , it could be any other religious group also. No one is asking for special treatment, don’t get on your high horses yet.

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          SS, you will find that what caused London riots was gross inequality. Those kids who ran riot probably got beaten a lot more at home than those who did not.

          I agree that there is most certainly a ‘special’ level of treatment for Islamists at the moment globally, but that does not justify demanding equal rights to ignorance for all religions. Perhaps Christians (and Buddhists, and others)could try and set a better example for the sake of religion, and make some of the more silent moderate followers of Islam stand up to the extremists. Instead, what we have is all other religions competing to see who can be the most ignorant, intolerant and precious.

          The truth is, human rights have gone down the same sorry path as other great philosophies and ideas of the likes of the Buddha, Jesus and Mohammad. These ideas are all used by corrupt and opportunistic people, out of context, to achieve personal objectives. There is a saying, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When it comes to great philosophies such as human rights, or those of some of the other great minds of the past, the weakest link becomes the ignorance and selfishness of mass society who claims to follow them…

          Human rights is the best thing we as humanity have to achieve equality and dignity for all human beings. It is the only mechanism that will allow all religions, all ethnicities, all classes, all sexualities, all languages, all sexes, live in peace. Of course that would mean lesser and lesser power to a few. Is it any wonder then that the likes of religious ‘leaders’ and political ‘leaders’ are hell bent on trying to make human rights come across as an impractical failure?

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