In a landmark case to go before the European Court of Human Rights the Conservative-Lib Dem Government of the UK will argue can ban the wearing of the cross and sack workers who do so. The two applicants in the case are Shirley Chaplin. She is a nurse from Exeter, Devon. She claims she was discriminated against by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust after she was banned from wearing a cross at work, therefore ending 31-years of nursing. Mrs Chaplin has worn a cross since her confirmation in 1971.
The second applicant is a Coptic Christian, Mrs Nadia Eweida from Twickenham, London. She was a British Airways check-in staff member. She also claims she was discriminated against.
There are two astonishing factors in this case. Firstly, a ''Conservative'' government will argue in court that the women didn't have the right to wear crosses. They will claim it is not a ''recquirement'' of the Christian faith. Sadly, this follows a long line of attacks on Christianity in Britain.
Secondly, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Hon Dr Rowan Williams who has previously backed Occupy London and a 'robin hood tax' claimed “The cross has become a religious decoration. It is something which religious people hang on to as a substitute for faith''. This is despite previously supporting French Muslims in their fight against a law to ban the burqa. Clearly, the Archbishop is failing to stand up for the rights of Christians and is failing to stand up the extreme atheists who want religion banned.
Can you imagine the uproar worldwide if any government tried to ban an Islamic or Jewish religious symbol?