While British Prime Minister David Cameron urges support of the Christian faith, one of his cabinet ministers is backing a legal case that would ban the wearing of crosses in the workplace. The Home Office has gone so far as to say if people don't like it, they can find another job.
The Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister -- don't you love that title? -- prepared a document that was approved by the Home Secretary. It says Christians must be content to keep their religion for their own time.
A female clerk was fired when she refused an order to hide or remove a cross necklace. The argument is that wearing a cross is not a doctrine of the Christian faith, unlike, say, wearing a hijab is for a Muslim woman. Muslims, of course, will continue to enjoy full rights to express their faith. You can imagine what they might have done if they were denied that right.
What's next? No sharing of Jesus with anyone lest it give offense? This reminds me of Paul facing the Sanhedrin. He and his colleagues were ordered not to preach Jesus Christ. They refused, saying they must obey God, rather than men. Christians in Britain should follow that example.
In Northern Ireland, I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: April 10, 2012