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British government will argue against right to wear crucifix at work

Catholic World News - March 13, 2012

The British government is prepared to argue against the right of employees to wear a crucifix while at work.

In a case pending before the European Court of Human Rights, two women have argued that they were the victims of religious discrimination because they were told not to wear crosses at work. The government plans to argue against the women’s case, the Daily Telegraph has revealed.

The government will argue that because Christians are not obliged by their faith to wear a cross, it is not an infringement on their religious liberty to forbid them from doing so.

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  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 14, 2012 1:35 AM ET USA

    The public expression of religion is now to be limited to obligatory practices. This is like the Obama Administration's reduction of freedom of religion to freedom of worship. Watch this space.

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Mar. 13, 2012 11:58 PM ET USA

    "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act" so wrote British novelist George Orwell. That the Catholic Church has the temerity to speak the truth by reminding society of its Judeo-Christian heritage in which its culture is historically rooted and from which the institution of marriage derives, an institution which has always been defined and protected as the exclusive reserve for one man and one woman is just too much truth for the secular state to comprehend.

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