Russian Church stand up for Brits who were sacked for wearing crucifix

Sat, 14/07/2012 - 13:00
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The Russian Orthodox Church have involved themselves in the case of helping two British women who lost their jobs for wearing religious symbols at work to the European Court of Human Rights.

British Airways check-in clerk Naida Eweida and Nurse Shirley Chaplin were both sacked after wearing a crucifix to work.The airline told Eweida that the symbol infringed its uniform code.

In 2007,British Airways relented and have since allowed the display of religious symbols.

Since then she has been lobbying to assign the rights of Christians to wear religious insignia.

In the other case,Shirley Chaplin was prohibited from working in an Exeter hospital after she would not hide her cross.

Both women failed in the English courts which ruled the right to wear crosses was not guaranteed by European human rights law.

A spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church said decision of the British court was “alarming” in light of “Europe's rejection of their native identity" especially that such bans do not extend to other confessions says the spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Now the Orthodox Church has put forward a new analysis on the wearing of crucifixes to the European Court of Human Rights which will review the women’s case in September.


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