THE European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has asked the British Government to clarify its position regarding the alleged violation of the rights of four Christian zealots.
According to this report, the ECHR considers their cases are of such legal significance as to warrant further examination.
The Persecuted Four are Nadia Eweida, a British Airways worker who was prevented from wearing a cross with her uniform; Gary McFarlane, a relationship counsellor who was sacked by Relate because he said he could not provide sex therapy to a gay couple; Shirley Chaplin, a nurse who was banned from working on hospital wards after she refused to remove a cross from her neck; and former registrar Lillian Ladele, who was disciplined by Islington Council for refusing to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies.
Nutcase and all-round pain-in-the-arse Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder and director of the Christian Legal Centre, insists:
These cases are massively significant on every front. There seems to be a disproportionate animosity towards the Christian faith and the workings of the courts in the UK has led to deep injustice.
If we are successful in Strasbourg I hope the Equalities Act and other diversity legislation will be overturned or overhauled so that Christians are free to work and act in accordance with their conscience.
People with orthodox views on sexual ethics [ie bigots] are excluded from employment because they don’t fit in with the equalities and diversity agenda. It is this which we want to see addressed. Such injustice cannot be allowed to continue.
Meanwhile, earlier this month a survey conducted by the BBC revealed that the corporation was perceived as “anti-Christian”.
The survey was conducted as part of the BBC’s â€˜Diversity Strategy’ and involved 4,500 people, including some BBC staff.
According to viewers, Christians are badly treated with “derogatory stereotypes” which portray them as “weak” or “bigoted”.
It was suggested that there was a bias against Christianity and that other religions were better represented.
The consultation concluded:
In terms of religion, there were many who perceived the BBC to be anti-Christian and as such misrepresenting Christianityâ€¦Christians are specifically mentioned as being badly treated, with a suggestion that more minority religions are better represented despite Christianity being the most widely observed religion within Britain.
One respondent said:
As a Christian I find that the BBC’s representation of Christianity is mainlyÂ inaccurate, portraying incorrect, often derogatory stereotypes.
Seldom do we find a Christian portrayed in drama, and when we do, it is usually a â€˜weak’ person or a â€˜bigot.
Another said Christians were
Represented as dogmatic and unsympathetic or as weak and washy and woolly, or as old.
Hat tip: Marcus