UK Christians Take Religious Freedom Cases to European Court

Seek Right to Wear Cross, Follow Conscience on Homosexuality

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LONDON, SEPT. 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Four British Christians have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. All of them lost cases regarding job problems for what they say are their religious beliefs.

The four are British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida, nurse Shirley Chaplin, relationship counsellor Gary McFarlane and registrar Lilian Ladele, the BBC reported

Eweida, the Telegraph newspaper explained, was suspended from her work as a check-in clerk at British Airways in 2006 for wearing a small cross around her neck. The airline eventually changed its policy but she is seeking compensation for the money lost during her time of unpaid leave.

Chaplin was moved from her job as a ward nurse to a desk job by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital for also wearing a cross. 

McFarlane, a Bristol counsellor, was fired by the charity Relate for refusing to give relationship advice to homosexual couples.

Ladele, a marriage registrar for Islington Council in London, was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies.

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