“Leave your faith at home.”
I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that. It’s right up there with “Separation of Church and State,” which a good number of ignorant souls seem to think is written down somewhere in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Of course, this particular time, the “Leave your faith at home” claptrap is not coming from an irate, muddle-headed advocate for abortion on demand or some such. It’s straight out of the mouth of a lawyer who is speaking for the Government of one of the great Western democracies. This attorney is representing Great Britain in the European Court of Human Rights against four of her own citizens.
The British government’s ignoble position is that its citizens should be willing to forego simple expressions of their faith such as wearing a cross on a necklace to work. If they aren’t willing to do this, then they have no right to complain when this costs them their jobs.
That is why I’m asking all Christians to begin wearing a cross, outside their clothes, every day. We need a visible, non-violent way to stand together as Christians.
Join the discussion in the comments section on the best way to do this. All constructive ideas are welcome.
The article describing the British Government’s position reads in part:
Govt lawyer: Christians should leave faith at
home or resign
Wed, 5 Sep 2012
Christians in Britain should leave their faith at home or accept that they might have to get another job, a Government lawyer has told the European Court of Human Rights.
The comment came as the Court heard the cases of four Christians, including that of registrar Lillian Ladele who was disciplined for her stance on civil partnerships. All four say the UK Government failed to protect their religious liberty. (Read more here.)