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Cross is central to faith

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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THE cross is central to Christian devotion from early times being the most easily recognisable symbol of the Christian faith.

Many Christians choose to wear it as a declaration of their faith and being asked to remove it or hide it would cause significant distress as if to admit that the cross was something to be ashamed of.

Objections have been raised based on health and safety law, meaning that the wearing of jewellery in certain workplaces may not be appropriate. That may sometimes be correct.

However, in Shirley Chaplin's case, the health and safety issue was only raised at a later date and after lawyers became involved.

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Employers should be able to reasonably accommodate a person's desire to wear the cross as an expression of their faith, so long as no genuine health and safety or other issues absolutely prevent this.

Other faiths are permitted to wear religious symbols in their workplace, why aren't Christians?

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  • globalloon  |  September 11 2012, 10:22PM

    This dreadful woman has wasted vast sums of public taxes, not to mention other peoples' time. How dare she ram her beliefs down the throats of sick people? Those who need care, not religious politics and fanaticism. She should be made to repay all the legal fees, court costs, NHS staff time and the rest - if she can't afford to then hopefully god will provide?

  • Notrik  |  September 08 2012, 5:05PM

    The number of times I have seen Sikhs and their turbans brought up in relation tio this affair. It is not comparable for a couple of reasons - the cross is not a requirement but an optional advertisement and Sikhs are bound buy their religion not to cut their hair. Without the turban their hair would be everywhere, the turban is a practical way of making their long hair safe and hygienic.

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  • DramaQueen50  |  September 08 2012, 2:49PM

    um would they ask sikh Doctor to remove a turbin ? or other foreign religions to remove items which represent their religion ? i think not, as then we would be accused of being racists so why shouldnt a christian wear a small cross and chain? If a patient grabbed it surley it would break and not strangle the person wearing it ! also no more a hygine risk than the hospital staff who wear their theatre scrubs and uniforms while shopping at Tesco etc.

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  • Rostow1  |  September 07 2012, 8:31PM

    There are many whited sepulchres in Devon,lay preaching from pulpits, hanging around the precincts of schools as Governors or teachers, sitting on committees and with smug certainty assuming on the basis of a fairy story that they occupy the moral high ground. I have met these types and caught glimpses of the contents of their dirty cynical minds. Well, if their God actually exists and can do what they claim he can do, a fiery pit is waiting for them, make no mistake.

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  • Notrik  |  September 07 2012, 5:32PM

    These Christians never seem to mention the actual facts of the case. Namely, that it is a question of hygiene, especially concerning the chain and that she was offered an alternative means of wearing her cross but chose not to accept the suggestion. Thus showing she is a fanatic. I heard her say on TV that some patients would be happy to see they were being tended to by a Christian - personally I would be most interested in knowing that those tending me were fully up to date with their medical knowledge and skilled enough to apply that knowledge beneficially. What possible difference can a nurse's religion make to the care they provide? Christianity makes no demands on its adherents to wear a cross. Wearing one is purely so the wearer can show the rest of the World that they are Christians (or not, many wearing a cross purely as a simple piece of jewellery), it is an ego thing, a self-satisfied, sanctimoniouis aberration of character that the NHS shouldn't be spending money on. Rules are rules and, in this case, they are there for a good reason - follow them or leave, simple!

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  • CocteauT  |  September 07 2012, 1:42PM

    "Other faiths are permitted to wear religious symbols in their workplace, why aren't Christians?" Because it is a built in tenet of their religion. Nowhere in the bible does it mention that a cross should be worn. Get over yourself.

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  • JohnnyDale  |  September 06 2012, 8:19PM

    As there is no byline on this I can only assume it is an editorial, and hence the official position of the Express & Echo. If so then it is truly disgusting that a newspaper should print such blatant lies. The H&S issue was not raised later at all. I suggest you read the transcript of the original hearings and then print an apology and retraction tomorrow.

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  • The_Real_SKoM  |  September 06 2012, 7:38PM

    Your faith is a metter betweeen you and your own particular god. Keep it that way, most people don't give 2 hoots what you are and will judge you on your actions (or inactions). There are plenty of pretty unpleasant people around that claim to belong to various faiths (including Christianity)

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