European Court of Human Right ruling | Church News | Forum
I wondered if people had seen this recent ruling about religious expression this side of the pond?
I'm am very pleased with the ruling that was made, which has upheld not only my understanding of the law in this area, but also what i feel is right.
In summary it is a human right to express and display your religious beliefs in jewellery, even if it is not an integral part of a religion, but a genuinely held belief.
In another case which failed, a nurse did not have the right to wear a cross where it constitutes an infection control / health and safety risk, where an employer had made several options for compromise (wearing it under her uniform, wearing earrings rather than a necklace etc).
The other 2 cases heard at the time, which also failed, about the refusal of service to homosexuals on the basis of religious beliefs against homosexual relationships. Thankfully the court found that the religious rights of these
idiots people were not in precedence as they infringed the rights of others.
May 24, 2012
What a huge relief when we don't have to break the law in order to express our religious liberties!! A good article and a step in the right direction for sure. I occasionally wear a hand made pentacle designed and made for me and I almost always hide it under my clothes. For me it's about keeping myself safe from harm and extreme social persecution. I think that's one reason I have some very visible mods… because I feel like the expression can't be taken away from me. Please don't misunderstand, I am enough without the jewelry or markings on my body because I resonate in a way which is my own and innerconnected.
Part of me just feels sad at how much control others try to exert. How much segregation is needed to feel comfortable and safe. How many are truly willing, like the woman in the article did, to stand up for religious and spiritual rights without violence involved. It is a thin grey line.
February 27, 2012
It's an absolute shame that we have to be subject to such persecution in this day and age for something as simple as religious belief/non-belief. Not giving service to homosexuals because of religious beliefs???? Are you fucking kidding me??! The argument over sexuality is absurdly stupid in my opinion, and has no place in the 21st century.
However, this article does explain a law that is definitely in the right direction! Thanks for sharing
December 20, 2012
This is a really good trend, I am liking it. I can only hope that it bleeds on over into the US more. Although most jobs only require I remove "facial" jewelry (nose rings, lip piercings, etc), which on me means my tongue stud, I went on working at walmart for three months with it in and no one noticed, and I also noticed a few other employees with similar jewelry. The only requirement I fully understood was the removal of jewelry that posed a safety risk.
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