Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that although a BA staff member, Nadia Eweida, could wear her cross to work, a nurse, Shirley Chaplin could not. Moreover, a sex therapist, Gary McFarlane, and a registrar, Lillian Ladele, could not abstain from working with gays in their jobs.
Europe no longer accepts conscientious objectors.
The ruling today cements a new hostility towards Christianity in this country. As Aidan O’Neill QC, a human rights lawyer for Cherie Blair’s Matrix Chambers, has warned the Prime Minister, it’s now open season for Church-bashing. And the courts are colluding in this.
O’Neill argues that the exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is ‘eminently challenge-able’ in the European Court of Human Rights: the established church has a legal obligation to marry anyone in their local parish. As local authorities have a legal obligation to uphold the Equalities Act, this gives them the right to bar churches and employees who uphold a traditional view.
We’ll soon have social services taking children from their parents, who try to “poison” their minds with the notion that heterosexual marriage is the desirable model union. We’ll see teachers being banned from the classroom for preaching the same model. Liberals are only liberal so long as you agree with them; should you argue against one of their sacred pillars, they will crush you underfoot.
Intolerance is now enshrined in law — as in Britain, so in Europe.