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Nurse takes case to human rights court

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

Shirley Chaplin

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Four British Christians – including one from the Westcountry – have launched a landmark case on religious freedom at the European Court of Human Rights.

Nurse Shirley Chaplin, from Exeter, is among the group taking action at the court in Strasbourg, France.

She was moved to a paperwork role by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust after refusing to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix.

The legal action includes another worker forced out of her job for visibly wearing a cross, a Relate therapist sacked for saying he might not be comfortable giving sex counselling to homosexual couples, and a Christian registrar who wishes not to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.

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Legal papers were served at the court yesterday, although judgment in the case has been reserved, for a date to be set.

The four have been publicly backed by Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

They are arguing that the actions of their employers contravened articles nine and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibit religious discrimination and allow "freedom of thought, conscience and religion".

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  • exebomb  |  September 05 2012, 12:58PM

    I agree with the actions of the NHS, you can't have a Christian out wearing a cross helping people from all different backgrounds you can imagine Christians being highly aggravated if other religions were allowed to advertise their beliefs in a public forum, Christians especially are arrogant and think they are the only religion but they need to understand that they are the minority on a global sense and have extremely outrageous and bizarre beliefs that offends me as antitheist and probably other religions so better to be safe and not allow any religious wear of any kind in schools and hospitals, i hope this nutcase gets a reality check.

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  • dummyboy  |  September 05 2012, 9:54AM

    religion is outdated and should not have a place in the workplace!

  • dummyboy  |  September 05 2012, 8:41AM

    religion is outdated and should have no place in the work place leave it at home

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