The recent court cases underline the relentless secular persecution that exists in Great Britain in 2013. Although Nadia Eweida won her case for wearing a cross at work, three other Christians had their cases rejected.
In Shirley Chaplins case, although she had worn her cross for thirty years as a nurse, her case was rejected because it was too long and therefore there was a health and safety issue. However, Muslims are allowed to wear special longs sleeves, the hijab which covers the head and hair, and Sikhs are allowed to wear traditional bangles. So why can`t a nurse wear a cross. Surly this must be more hygienic that a hijab or bangles?
Gerry McFarland who worked for Relate, felt as a Counselor that to provide sexual help to Gay couples, would go against his understanding of the Christian faith. Even though he could have swapped with other people to take over these clients, he was not given this alternative and was dismissed.
Lillian Ladele`s case was that she was a registrar and felt that she could not marry Gay Couples, again because of her faith as a Christian. Bearing in mind that she was employed by Islington Council in 2002 and at that time, the question of the civil partnerships was not on anyone`s mind, let alone part of her contract. Ladele's religious convictions could have been accommodated by Islington without any detriment to the registration of civil partnerships in the borough.
Along with these, there have been many other cases like a Christian Magistrate, Andrew McClintock who was sitting at Sheffield Magistrates Court and was forced to resign because he was not allowed to opt-out of cases which would require him to place children in the care of homosexuals,
All of these people were employed by their respective organisations because of their qualifications and experience, but as a result of the changes in public opinion and the law, no arrangement had been made to accomodate their faith and as a result, suffered persecution. It would have been a different matter if they had joined the organisations knowing that their faith would be compromised, but the goal posts were moved after they joined.
Whilst some of these people look at what action can be taken, we see the on-going erosion of Christianity in the public square being filled very effectively by the secularist.
Posted by David Pilkington