January 15, 2013
(Romereports.com) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the United Kingdom failed to protect a Christian, airlines employee's freedom of religion, when British Airways had ordered her to stop wearing a visible cross.
In a 5-2 decision, the judiciary ruled that the UK courts had unfairly given greater weight
to the airlines desire to “maintain a certain corporate image,” in lieu
of Coptic Christian Nadia Eweida's freedom to express her religion.
the binding ruling, the ECHR cited that the airline itself had later
amended the uniform code to allow visible religious clothing and
symbols, and that before that, it had allowed members of other faiths to
wear religious symbols, such as turbans, without an effect on its
image. As a result, the UK was ordered to pay Eweida 2,000 euros, and to cover her legal costs.
During the same hearing, the court sided with a hospital that asked a British nurse to remove her cross, citing “clinical safety” in the workplace. It also ruled that the religious freedom of a civil registrar and a sex counselor, who were dismissed for raising religious objections to working with same sex couples, was not breached because they refused to enforce State-mandated equality measures.
Images: European Court of Human Rights