British Government to Christians: Leave Your Faith at Home or Lose Your Job

 “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.)




  • Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

    I didn’t need to go to England to be told to leave any symbols (and practice) of my faith at home. All I had to do was to go to graduate school in this country.

  • Rebecca Hamilton

    I’ve never been told not to wear a cross, but, believe it or not, there was a move to stop the secretaries from having religious symbols in their offices at the Oklahoma House of Representatives. They can’t tell me that.
    I’ve been verbally harassed, called names and attacked over my faith so often and so many times, I honestly can’t remember most of it.
    I’ve heard some pretty ugly stories about happenings on college campuses, too.
    Where did you go to school Marcelle and what happened? (Only if you feel comfortable talking about it.)

    • Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

      Sorry for the double post above, please delete the first one if you can. I went to grad school in New England.

    • Serena

      Taking a stand for Jesus Christ, even quietly, gets more dangerous day by day everywhere, I think, yet for two thousand years we just keep trying. Must drive our opponents up the wall :D. As for harassment, my part of the USA might as well be in Europe. It all runs together in my memory.
      If my faith is at home, so am I. I’m inseparable from it. A job incompatible with my beliefs is incompatible with me, praise God!

      • Rebecca Hamilton

        I believe you’re right. :-)

        “Taking a stand for Jesus Christ, even quietly, gets more dangerous day by day everywhere, I think, yet for two thousand years we just keep trying. Must drive our opponents up the wall”

  • Karyl Entner

    Living a godly life is as important as showing a symbol, yet, employees should be able to wear a simple cross to show loyalty to their faith. Perhaps a small cross pin. Don’t make a big show and then act outside of Biblical guidelines. “Beauty is as beauty does” fits in with the Christian walk. A Christian is what a Christian does. Although we are saved by faith, we show our faith by our works.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Karyl I agree. However, when the government supports a ban on religious expression, that is crossing the line and must be opposed.

      • Arkenaten

        I used to wear a small silver cross in a sleeper- earring when I was younger. I still have the cross, but no longer wear it.
        I was, however, asked to remove it at work. But not because of its religious significance but rather because the manager thought I looked like a ‘hippy’. You don’t argue when you are seventeen.
        If only I had access to the European Human Rights court in those days?

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Douglas, you never cease to amaze me.

          • Arkenaten

            Is that a good thing, I wonder? ;)

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  • clearlysalmon

    We have to stand up for our rights as Christians. Wearing a symbol of our Lord and Saviour is close to our hearts as believers and also part of our remit to share the Good News. I wear my cross with love and devotion and would vehemently protest and refuse if someone ordered me to take it off. We do need to stand up ad be counted. We need to be seen and heard!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I feel that same way.

  • JessicaHof

    Our Prime Minister says he wants us to be proud of our Christian heritage, and his government pays lawyers to say the opposite. If my name was Alice and I lived in Wonderland, it could not be more bewildering.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Jessica we’ve got a president kinda doin’ the same thing.
      I wonder if it’s something in the wine they give them at state dinners?

  • Teresa Rice

    Unfortunately our country is following in Britain’s path. Yes, indeed, we all need to start wearing symbols of faith and challenging these intolerant progressive atheists. God Bless.

  • Arkenaten

    There is sense of inevitability about all this, a sort of Chickens coming home to Roost scenario.
    When nations like Britain went out and colonised so much of the world they also tried to ‘Civilise the Natives, doncha know?’ Some of this ‘Civilising’ included teaching people God save the Queen, tea drinking, and playing cricket; and in certain cases, handing out passports. So, when these countries pushed for Independence many people hopped on a plane and sought political asylum in Britain and suchlike. And, lo and behold they brought their own customs…and religions. After decades of bigotry and racism these immigrants are now exerting more independence and their right to ‘self-determination than the Brits feel comfortable with and religious lawsuits like these are seen by some as payback.
    However, there may be an upside to all this. Aside from being an absolutely ridiculous religion – this 13 minute ‘Mohammed’ movie will aptly demonstrate – Islam is incredibly intolerant. So to counter this and ensure that Civil Law takes precedent over Religious Lore and allows ALL religious symbols – the Burka for instance -to be removed from public display then ‘Christian’ governments must start with their own faith, so as not to show any particular bias. Once this is done then Christians will have a perfectly legit reason for putting their foot down towards foreign religions that take up residence in their countries.
    It might not be ideal, but perhaps it is the best of a bad situation?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Douglas, what you are advocating is tyranny.

      For the record, I have no problems with any woman who wants and chooses to wear a Burka of her own free will. Also, head scarves, phylacteries, pentangles and (so long as they stay down wind) garlic. Peaceful religious expression is essential to freedom. So long as it’s their choice and they don’t molest other people by hectoring, attacking, slandering, badgering them (ring any bells, Mr Atheist) it’s fine with me.

      What you — and every other atheist who has posted on this board — do not seem to see is that a government which is willing to limit religious expression against people yo day turn and come for you, as well.

      • Arkenaten

        Oh, I agree about tyranny. But religion can be like this. And I am not religious so they wont come for me. I am an atheist. It’s the way god made me.
        What if the Muslim community wanted to build a Mosque just down the road from you in a residential area and got the land rezoned? You would have calls to prayer umpteen times a day, and very likely cars parked all over the perishing place.
        And yes, it happens here.
        Mind you, I’d get just as upset having a perishing new Church built next door too, especially a so-called Charismatic. B*****y H***l , with all that hollering and wailing I’d never get a moment’s peace.
        I think Jesus has to just hurry up and get this Parousia thing over and done with and sort you all out, once and for all.Then He, Mohammed and Moses could go off and have a nice cup of tea and laugh at the lot of you.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Douglas says: I am an atheist. It’s the way god made me.
          :-) !!!!

          • Arkenaten

            It’s true. I talk to my invisible friend all the time. Honest! ;)

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  • Indy

    Rebecca – I thought you would find this article very interesting… now its the Australian government attempting to silence the church.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Indy. Also thank you for your persistence in getting it to me. I’m going to try to write about this in a few days.

  • Proteios

    ine. I will be glad to have an end to all the drn headscarfs fro people of different religious tradtions showing their faith. Lets all bland into atheistic, pro-consumer zombies as the corporations and governments wouldprefer us to b. Thinking, not of ou faith, but ofwhic prdct to bu next. Atheism is pro-consumer unlike anything we have ever seen. Is te secular orthodoxy.