Comments: European Court rejects request for appeal in case of Eweida &c.

So Nadia Eweida has gained 2000 euros compensation from the unreasonableness of BA. Shirley Chaplin could have worn a cross as a badge, but declined her employer's perfectly reasonable offer, and was encouraged to take this case all the way. She has won nothing. Nor have Lilian Ladele or Gary McFarlane. At vast expense and trouble.

I wonder how much all this has cost the Christian Legal Centre, which was fighting the Eweida, Chaplin and McFarlane cases, and the Christian Institute, which supported Lilian Ladele?

Will it now encourage the swivel-eyed Christian Right to increase the volume of their cries of "Persecution!"? Or can they perhaps understand that their rights do not trump everyone else's, and that no one is going to prevent anyone at all in this country from either practising or manifesting their religion. As they are Christians, and Jesus did encourage us not to make a show of our faith before others, then perhaps they would like to reflect on that, as well.

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 3:37pm BST

Though to answer Jeremy's point, the pursuing of these cases to the bitter end and beyond is the absolute justification for the self described victimhood and persecution of the 'Christian' right. We won't see the end of these cases. It is important for their self justification that the Christian Institute and others continue to back them, no matter how hopeless, in order to justify and prove their narrative of 'persecution'.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 5:07pm BST

The only caveat I would enter to this is the case of the Housing Trust and the employee who made comments on facebook. He did however win his case which has clarified the law in this area and the outcome has been published widely so people are fully aware of the current state of the law. I do think that the Eweida ruling would also be germane to this case.

Although Ladele quite rightly lost current ECHR jurisprudence gives a degree of support to the role of member states in ensuring that a proper weighing up process takes place in such cases.

I do not believe religious freedom in the workplace is just one thing. I think it is context dependent but the state needs to demonstrate a degree of weighing up and evaluation of proportionality in its way of proceeding.

Broadly, provding a margin of application is granted to state and enterprise actors, I think this is a good thing.

More than that, I am greaatly relieved that the Eweida set of cases has now found its resting place and has exhausted all legal avenues and now forms a part of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Christian actors need to find a way of pursuing peace and reconcilation rather than perpetual conflict and wrangling with their fellow citizens.

Posted by Craig Nelson at Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 10:07pm BST

Christian legal Centre did not fight / take the Eweida case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Signed Nadia Eweida

Posted by Nadia Eweida at Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 12:08am BST

Jeremy I think it was Liberty, not CLC, that originally supported Ms Eweida.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 7:32am BST
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