It will be 6-12 months before the European Court of Human Rights
issues a ruling on four major religious freedom cases originating
Defending Freedom attorney Paul Coleman was there for the
arguments involving the cases in which the courts in the U.K.
"failed to respect religious freedom in the workplace."
"Two of them involve the right to wear a cross at
work," he tells OneNewsNow. "When other members of the workforce
were given accommodations for their religious symbols -- be it
the Hijab or the Sikh turban -- Christians were told they were
not allowed to wear the cross."
Another case involved a counselor who did not feel
comfortable in giving therapy to same-sex couples, and the
fourth concerned a registrar of marriages who did not
want to give civil partnership registrations to same-sex
couples because of her religious beliefs.
"In both of those cases, they could have been easily
accommodated," Coleman asserts. "There could have been timetables
worked out; there could have been various ways that the issues
could have been resolved, but instead, the employees were dismissed
for gross misconduct."
Coleman insists all four are landmark cases that will
impact religious freedom in all of Europe -- where that issue has
been considered "a weaker cousin" to other human rights.