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Published:January 15th, 2013 12:53 EST
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Europe Court: British Airways Flight Attendant Can Wear Cross

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over the wearing of a cross, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday

Nadia Eweida, a 60-year-old Christian, took the airline to the European court after British courts upheld BA`s decision to ban her from wearing a crucifix.

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The Strasbourg-based court ruled that the British courts had given "too much weight` to BA`s desire to "project a certain corporate image" and her right to manifest her religious beliefs had been violated.

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Europe is a secular and enlightened society, but that doesn`t mean that believers should be relegated to a second-class status.

Secularists and believers of all stripes should commend the European Court of Human Rights for rendering a fair and just decision.

Projecting a corporate image and wearing a symbol of faith in Christianity are not mutually exclusive objectives. If a flight attendant wears a cross it isn`t a sign that she is unprofessional or intolerant of employees or passengers who don`t share her beliefs.

I can understand British Airways objecting to a flight attendant wearing a one-foot cross around her neck, but Eweida`s cross was discrete and tiny.

Europe and America are secular and democratic societies, and if citizens choose to wear religious symbols it doesn`t weaken our secular or democratic ideals.

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