Enslave the liberties of one human being and the liberties of the world are put at peril ~ William Lloyd Garrison
I am not sure if our Prime Minister has not been cloned or replaced by someone from bizarro World to be honest.
The story is this, the British Government is fighting a case in the European Court of Human Rights (which is hated by the Tories as a waste of time) that it is not a part of fundamental freedom of expression to wear a Cross in the workplace. In the interests of balance the story is that they are not banning wearing crosses at work (or anywhere else at the moment) but this quite a few issues surround this issue which are fundamental to Christians, Muslims, Jews, and the Gay Community – basically it is human rights and freedom of expression. Perhaps the next thing they will ban will be Labour Party badges?
I am sure the antecedent lays in the case of a woman being sacked from British Airways for wearing a cross to work – and I haven’t flown British Airways since.
Germany – and I am going to link back to the issue of the Cross, honestly – recently deliberated on whether a far right activist could be refused accommodation by a Hotel, the German Federal Court decided that the hotel could refuse accommodation to the National Democratic Party or the NDP as they are known. This disturbs me because even though I think I would find the policies of the NDP totally reprehensible, when a court decides that one group of people can be excluded from society it opens the door to exclusion of the other people, it is a chink in democracy. Winston Churchill was quoted as saying:
I detest what you have to say, but I will fight for your right to say it
this has to be test of a democratic society towards individuals who are operating within the structure of the law. Joseph Locke, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America argued that all individuals are free, but we sacrifice some of our freedom – the freedom to murder of instance – in return for the protection of the State, once the contract has been broken – for example by inciting hatred and violence – we forfeit the right of the State’s protection, and the State has a right to withdraw certain freedoms such as liberty; as long as a political group is operating within the law then it is has to enjoy all the freedoms of society, or else we have do not have rights we have privileges that can be withdrawn arbitrarily. Whilst I detest the British National Party I have to defend its rights for free speech to ensure my own. This is what wrong with democracy.
Wearing Cross at work, or wherever does not impinge on anyone elses human rights, it is a lawful expression of faith, and as such when I saw Sikhs wearing Turbans I respect this as a part of their religious faith, and even though wearing a cross is not a requisite of faith in Christ, it is still an expression. I have to oppose this action my Cameron because it someone expressing their personal beliefs as much as wearing a Rainbow Badge to express my group identification. It is a pointless attack on liberty.
My other concern is that at the end of last year Cameron made a big play about Christian values – and now he seems to be attacking the Church on an issue of faith, and using the European Court of Human Rights to further his cause – if this dicta had arrived from the EU then they would have been righteous indignation from the Tory Party, The Daily Express and Daily Mail, Theresa May would have been dispatched with a Water Cannon to Strasbourg.
Why is Cameron making these attacks on the Church, through an organisation he despises and why isn’t the Church making pronouncements on this rather than Gay Marriage?
I have answers, but it sounds too much like a Machiavellian plot, but whatever the reason, this attack is wrong and is an attack on all.