Cardinal cross controversy

Cardinal Keith O'Brien will use his Easter Sunday speech to call on Christians to wear crosses. The issue of whether employees have a right to wear a cross at work is being contested in the European Court of Human Rights.

Head of Liberty calls for 'common sense' on issue of crosses at work

Shami Chakrbarti, Director of the pressure group Liberty, has called for a "common sense" approach to the issue of whether or not employees should be banned from wearing crosses at work.

She said that as long as emplyees were able to perform their duties and not harm anyone, they should not be prevented from wearing symbols of their faith. She said there were very few situations where a cross could not be worn for health and safety reasons.

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Cardinal to speak out against 'marginalisation of religion'

Cardinal O'Brien touches his cross after his Easter Sunday homily in 2010
Cardinal O'Brien touches his cross after his Easter Sunday homily in 2010 Credit: REUTERS/David Moir

Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to call for Christians to wear the cross as a "simple and discreet" symbol of their faith. His comments come as a case is going to the European Court of Human Rights to decide whether employees should have the right to wear crosses.

Former nurse Shirley Chaplin, from Exeter, and Nadia Eweida, who worked for British Airways, are fighting the case after their respective employers forbade them from wearing the cross at work.

The Cardinal is expected to use his Easter Sunday homily at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh to call on worshippers to wear the cross, but "not in a way that might harm you at your work".