In the next few days British Governmental Lawyers are going to argue that wearing a cross is not a part of the Christian religion. Hang on here what is the cross but nothing more than a piece of jewelry. The problem comes from the fact its continuations in our society, here in the UK, are that the person must be a christian because that is the main symbol of the christian faith.
I am not a christian in the traditional sense, i believe in the creator but i also believe in the two aspects, but that is not the problem. I sometimes wear a cross as a piece of jewelry because i like it. Would I be asked to remove it even though i am not a Christian, very likely and yet as I said it is just jewelry and not a symbol for my religion.
Other aspects of the case going before the European Court of Human Rights I do think the people involved should be allowed to follow their beliefs and not be forced to break them as I know to some people their religion is very important to them. My late dad, was very similar, his work as a verger at Hampton Court Palace Chapel Royal was the best thing he could do as he had been turned down for priest hood. He did not want things like women priests, etc. He would likely have real issues with same sex couples getting married, but that is down to his beliefs. At work at BA, i do not know directly, but I do think they knew he was a christian, that never stopped him from providing them with his skills. Why is it different now, I think it is different because the other religions have a problem with it and force their views on to the rest of us. We are a christian country with the other religions operating here. Very similar to times during the crusades back in the 1200s, but there the Muslim rulers allowed the other religions to practice with out any problem. That should be the attitude now here in the uk, people should be allowed to practice and display their religious beliefs.