For the first time ever, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the United Kingdom on a matter of religious liberty involving a Christian woman who worked for British Airways.
No one should have to hide their faith or act contrary to it, and Christian employees should not be singled out for discrimination. The court's ruling is important in upholding this principle.
On January 15, the court held that the United Kingdom violated Nadia Eweida's right to freedom of religion under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Eweida had been told to cover up her cross necklace while working at a British Airways' check-in counter at Heathrow Airport in London. The problem was that the airline made accommodation for some employees who wear religious dress or paraphernalia – like Hindus or Muslims – just not Christians.
This victory is a significant step forward for religious freedom in Europe. It's a small step, but one in the right direction.
The type of intolerance shown Eweida was simply inconsistent with the values of civilized communities.