For millennia, Christians around the world have observed the Sabbath by going to church. The Ten Commandments make explicit that Sunday observance is a Christian duty: ”Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy”.
All this is to change, however, in Britain. The High Court ruled last week that Sunday is not a core part of a Christian’s belief. Mr Justice Langstaff has decided that a Baptist who works in a care home can be forced by her employers to work through Sunday too. This, even though her colleagues were happy to take Celestina Mba’s Sunday shift so she could do what all devout Christians do on a Sunday — go to church.
Her employers at Merton Council, however, wanted Miss Mba to drop her religious obligations.
The ruling further underlines what Christians in this country have begun to suspect for some time: they live in a hostile environment. I have written in my Daily Telegraph blog about the new rules that bind Christians in Britain: Don’t wear crucifixes, don’t pray for a patient, don’t try to foster a child. It doesn’t matter that the majority of Britons still count themselves as Christian; or that the PM claims to do. Censorship of religious practice has become a rule of 21st century life.