To the Sec Prog, Christianity is not only Kryptonite, it’s a legitimate health hazard.
Shirley Chaplin was banned from working on hospital wards after she refused to remove her crucifix, which she wore on a chain around her neck. Mrs Chaplin, 54, took the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital to an employment tribunal, claiming her religious beliefs would be “violated” if she removed the necklace.
She told the hearing she had worn her cross every day for 30 years and that she was being asked to hide her faith. However, the tribunal panel in Exeter ruled in favour of the trust which had said its policy was based on health and safety rather than any problem with the religious symbol.
Mrs Chaplin’s failed case echoes that of Nadia Eweida, who took British Airways to a tribunal over her refusal to remove the crucifix around her neck in 2006. In a long drawn out case, she finally lost her appeal in 2008. John Hollow, the chairman presiding over the most recent case, said the NHS trust had acted in a “reasonable” manner in trying to reach a compromise.
He said the damage to Mrs Chaplin was “slight” and the panel noted that wearing a crucifix was not a requirement of the Christian faith. He said the hospital had treated staff from ethnic minorities equally by ordering Sikhs to remove wrist bangles and Muslim doctors to switch to tight fitting sports hijabs.
“In our judgment the hospital was acting on guidance from the Department of Health and would have applied the policy to another person of a different religious persuasion,” he said. After the hearing, Mrs Chaplin said Christians would now be afraid to “mention their beliefs” at work.
That is a blatant LIE. This case comes right on the heels of another one where Muslim medical staff were exempted from cleanliness standards out of respect for their religion.
Mrs Chaplin, from Kenn, near Exeter, was supported by six bishops, who claimed Christians were being persecuted in Britain. The six bishops, along with Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to The Sunday Telegraph to offer their support.
Mrs Chaplin’s case was highlighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his Easter sermon last weekend when he referred to “wooden-headed bureaucratic silliness” which had prevented some Christians from being able to wear religious symbols at work. Mrs Chaplin’s barrister Paul Diamond said afterwards that she was planning an appeal.
The gutting of their British and judeo-christian culture continues apace. But at least they get free healthcare! Yippee! She probably voted Labour. Now let her choke on it.