March 13, 2012
As two British Christian women are defending before the European Court of Human Rights their right to wear a cross to work, British officials are preparing to make the case against them, CBN News reports. According to the London Telegraph, officials plan to argue that since wearing a cross is not a "requirement" of Christianity, employers can prevent workers from doing so -- and even fire them for it. The case has drawn criticism from many Christians, who argue that people of other religions, such as Sikhs and Muslims, have been given special protections for their clothing and symbols. Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, said it was just another example of Christianity being marginalized in the public square. "The reasoning is based on a wholly inappropriate judgment of matters of theology and worship about which [the courts] can claim no expertise," he said.