Thursday, 19 July 2012


This letter appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Promise over faith symbols
I am pleased that the Prime Minister said that the Government will back the right to display a symbol of faith in the workplace.
He also said that the Government will change the law if that is necessary so that employees can wear religious symbols at work.
The way Ms Nadia Eweida was treated by British Airways because she refused to hide or remove a necklace that had a cross on it was a disgrace.
Also, the story of Shirley Chaplin, a nurse, who was banned by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust from working on the wards because she refused to hide a necklace with a cross on it, was a disgrace.
They have taken their cases to the European Court of Human Rights and the cases will be heard at Strasbourg in September.
However, the Government's lawyers are resisting the appeal.It should be acceptable that people of all faiths should be allowed to wear symbols of faith in the workplace.
So I am hoping that the Prime Minister will stick to his promise.
Kevin Fletcher

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