I’m sorry to say even the BBC jumped on the bandwagon today and trumpeted “British Airways discriminated against Christian”. To me, it demonstrates that they – and most other media outlets – missed the main lesson shared in Strasbourg today – it’s not acceptable to use your own religious belief as an excuse for discriminating against others.
Forget the BA employee and her medieval attachment to a religious icon. Let her wear her cross. She’s a distraction, as far as I’m concerned. Let’s focus on the other cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg today.
They included someone who refused to conduct civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples and a counsellor who refused to counsel gay couples. Both of these people lost their cases, upholding the law that makes illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Let’s celebrate this common sense decision and challenge the belief that Christians are somehow discriminated against in this country. There is absolute freedom of religion, but there is no freedom to use your archaic beliefs to restrict the rights of others.
Isn’t it interesting though, that with all the chaos and disaster in this world, even in this country, it’s the fact that two people of the same gender want to express their love for one another that has the religious so up in arms.