In it’s ongoing quest to annoy even other Christians, the Christian Legal Centre has recruited another religious person willing to parade their their willingness to parade their religion at work. Electrician Colin Atkinson has been displaying a palm crucifix in his van window and the Christian Legal Centre have made sure there’s plenty of photos available.
The Daily Mail points out that Atkinson works for a “giant housing association”. That’s right: the giant, corporate whores who like to work for social housing organisations are crushing the little people, again. (The Daily Mail do like to stick it to da man in favour of championing the powerless working class, after all. That’s why their hereditary ownership by Conservative-supporting, non-domiciled Viscount Rothermere is so important to them.)
This time the massive international conglomerate housing association has been taking away the little people’s (non-existent) right to exhibit a religious belief while representing an employer.
Former soldier Colin Atkinson has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the giant housing association where he has been employed for 15 years because he refuses to remove the symbol.
Mr Atkinson, a regular worshipper at church, said: ‘The treatment of Christians in this country is becoming diabolical…but I will stand up for my faith.’
Throughout his time at work, he has had an 8in-long cross made from woven palm leaves attached to the dashboard shelf below his windscreen without receiving a single complaint.
But his bosses at publicly funded Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) in West Yorkshire – the fifth-biggest housing organisation in England – have demanded he remove the cross on the grounds it may offend people or suggest the organisation is Christian. Mr Atkinson’s union representative said he faces a full disciplinary hearing next month for gross misconduct, which could result in dismissal.
The Telegraph manages to get as far as mentioning the Christian Legal Centre is “backing the case”, but also buys into the victimhood narrative…
Mr Atkinson’s battle follows a series of similar cases involving Christians who claim they are being victimised because of their faith.
… without noticing that all those similar cases are also “backed” by the CLC.
Lord Carey, whose anti-persecution campaign We Are Not Ashamed seemed to shame rather a lot of Christians last year, has also offered his two cents about the latest complaint. Atkinson is pictured, in the Daily Mail again (they love their pictures) wearing Not Ashamed t-shirts and embracing Carey’s unashamed backing:
[Carey] said it was ‘outrageous’ that Colin Atkinson had been told by the housing association he works for that he cannot show the Christian symbol of his faith on the dashboard.
… Lord Carey said last night: ‘It’s outrageous that anyone cannot display a small palm cross. This is political correctness gone mad once more.
‘I salute Mr Atkinson for his bravery and all Christians who quietly stand up for their faith…’
Quietly, and humbly. With pro bono assistance from Christian lawyers, an increasingly tabloid-friendly former archbishop, and a massive media campaign based on a handful of cases with no legal merit used to create the impression of widespread persecution. Quietly.