Religious freedom weak in UK

Monday, September 10, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

It will be 6-12 months before the European Court of Human Rights issues a ruling on four major religious freedom cases originating in England.

Alliance 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."

Coleman, Paul (ADF)"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.

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