Christians in England may soon be faced with deciding if wearing their cross at work is more important than their jobs. In a case that is gaining attention across the world as a religious liberties case, 4 Christians from Great Britain are having their religious liberties cases heard. 2 of those Christians have been told by their employers to not wear crosses at church and 2 of them have to do with homosexuality. The two having to do with homosexuality have to do with one refusing to do a gay marriage ceremony and one refusing to do counseling of a gay person. Here are some excerpts from the story.
No room for Christianity in the British Workplace.
By STEVE DOUGHTY IN STRASBOURG
Christians ‘must choose between job or their faith’: Government lawyers claim at European court
- Claims that four Christians were refused the right to express beliefs at work to be rejected
- Those who disobey employers should ‘go and find another job’
- Hard line means that Government doesn’t support right to wear a cross at work
Christians may have to sacrifice their jobs if they want to express their religion at work, government lawyers declared yesterday. They urged human rights judges in Strasbourg to reject a landmark case brought by four Christians who said they suffered faith-based discrimination. The state lawyers insisted workers are not entitled to wear a crucifix at work against the wishes of their employers – and if that is incompatible with their faith they ‘are free to resign’.
The hard line contrasts starkly with David Cameron telling the Commons in July that the right to wear the cross at work was ‘an absolutely vital freedom’. He even pledged to change the law to ‘make clear that people can wear religious symbols at work.’
The hearing at the European Court of Human Rights involved four test cases, two of which involve employees prevented from wearing a cross at work. Nadia Eweida’s row with British Airways led the airline to back down in 2006 and Shirley Chaplin who – after 30 years as a nurse – was told she could no longer wear her cross on duty for health and safety reasons.
The other two cases are those of Lilian Ladele, who was sacked as a registrar by Islington council because she declined to conduct civil partnerships and Gary McFarlane, a Relate counsellor who lost his job in Bristol after admitting to bosses that he felt unable to give sex therapy to gays.
Once again religious liberties are under attack.
I just find this insane. I can understand if they are wearing a huge cross that might bean somebody if they are leaning over them, but most people do not wear huge crosses but small ones that stay by their chest. I can also understand someone who does not want to counsel someone contrary to their beliefs or who does not want to perform a marriage ceremony and sign a document that goes against their beliefs.
However the world and the atheist agenda against Christianity is looking for any excuse to put religion in a box to never be revealed to the world. These Christians should not be forced to decide between keeping their jobs and keeping their faith. It once again goes to show you that tolerance for the liberals is only tolerance for what they tolerate. It is quickly coming to the point my friend where each and every one of us will have to decide what is more important to us. We will be forced to make a decision between Christ and the world.
I just have one question for you. If you cannot make that decision today and will bow to the pressure of ungodly laws, then when it comes time to make the decision between eating, living, and renouncing Christ, what makes you think you will have the strength then to make the right choice? If you will not stand up for your Christian convictions now, then I am afraid, you will not stand up then.
Share this article with everyone you know. It is time that the church and the people who call themselves by the name of Christ, stood up against the tyranny of ungodly laws.