No Crosses at Work
The British government will argue in court that Christians don't have a
right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the Sunday Telegraph
reported. The newspaper said the landmark case before the European Court of
Human Rights involves two British women who are trying to establish their
right to display the cross. The Telegraph said it's the first time the
government has had toopenly address whether Christians have a right to wear
the symbol at work. The Sunday Telegraph said it had seen a document that
says the government will argue that because it is not a "requirement" of the
Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross.
In the case before the human rights court, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin claim that their employers discriminated against them by barring them from wearing the symbols. The Telegraph said Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the government's stance and called it another example of
Christianity becoming sidelined in official life.
So does this mean that employers can also forbid wearing the star and crescent, the Star of David, the five-pointed star of wicca and other religious symbols? It would seem that wearing a cross or other religious symbol would be covered under Article 10 of Britain's Human Rights Act of 2000:
Article 10: Freedom of Expression
(1) Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without inference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
(2) The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson