Friday, November 24, 2006

Christendom takes one

After years of giving in, bending over backwards, and otherwise prostrating itself for the sake of political correctness, Christianity finally cries foul, says "Enough!" and asserts itself -- with predictable results:

British Airways backed down over its ban on workers wearing the cross after a hurricane of criticism.

Airline chief Willie Walsh ordered a rethink of the rule that barred check-in worker Nadia Eweida from wearing a tiny cross at work.

The airline had faced four days of angry condemnation from an overwhelming alliance of Cabinet ministers, 100 MPs, 20 Church of England bishops and, finally, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr Rowan Williams called its stance 'deeply offensive' and threatened to sell the Church of England's £6.6million holding of BA shares.

The voice of reason rings true, later --

Critics pointed out that the airline let her Muslim and Sikh colleagues at Heathrow wear religious symbols headscarves and turbans– on the grounds that it would be impractical to hide them under uniforms.

Dr Sentamu described BA's policy as 'nonsense'. He said the airline's reasoning would appear to allow a 3ft long cross, which could not be hidden, but not one like Miss Eweida's, the size of a 5p piece.

He said last night: 'The national carrier, which carries the crosses of St George, St Andew and St David across the world, reminding them of our country's Christian heritage, has arrived at the right decision.'

It makes me wish that folks would understand that no state religion doesn't mean that all non-Christian religions get preferential treatment for being minorities. Ah well, one of the benefits of a parliamentary monarchy I suppose.