Christian Lawyers Step up Court Campaign
Christian lawyers have promised to step up their campaign against the marginalisation of religion in society as they prepare to fight more than 50 different cases.
By Nick Collins
05/01/2011 UK (The Telegraph)-The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) pledged to stand up against what it feels is the growing problem of traditional Christian views being “silenced or sidelined” in modern Britain.
Weeks after concluding a high-profile battle to allow an electrician to display a palm cross in his company van, the CLC said it had more than 50 similar cases on its books as a growing number of Christians seek to fight employers who they feel do not respect their faith.
Andrea Williams, CLC chief executive, said she had been “inspired” by groups like the US-based Alliance Defence Fund (ADF), which seek to raise a “new generation of lawyers to defend Christianity in the public sphere”.
With the help of the ADF, the CLC and its partner organisation, Christian Concern For Our Nation, have set up a new academy aimed at teaching the skills necessary for “servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life”.
She said the CLC – which does not ask clients for money – was receiving as many as five enquiries a day after representing electrician Colin Atkinson in his row with Wakefield District Housing, his employer.
The housing company bore the brunt of public outrage after it was disclosed that it attempted to ban Mr Atkinson from displaying a palm cross in his van, where it had been on show for 15 years.
“People with traditional biblical views, particularly when it comes to sexual ethics, are being excluded from the public sphere … if you censor Christians, you end up with the first signs of tyranny”.