– Andrea Minichiello Williams, Director of the Christian Legal Centre
These are landmark cases and we have waited a long time to get to this point.
At stake is not only the future shape of Christian involvement in community life but the protection of important personal freedoms in a diverse society.
- Sixty-year-old British Airways employee Nadia Eweida, from London, says she was prevented from wearing a visible cross necklace
- Hospital nurse Shirley Chaplin, 57, from Exeter, who also feels she was prevented from wearing a cross visibly around her neck
- Gary McFarlane, 51, a Bristol marriage counsellor, who claims he was sacked for saying that he might not be comfortable in giving sex therapy to homosexual couples
- Registrar Lillian Ladele, from London, who said she was disciplined by London's Islington Council for refusing to conduct civil partnership ceremonies for homosexual couples
The European Court of Human Rights will give judgment today on cases involving four Christians who say they were discriminated against in the workplace.
Sixty-year-old British Airways employee Nadia Eweida, from London, says she was prevented from wearing a visible cross necklace.
It is hoped that success today will lead to an overhaul of the Equality Act and other diversity legislation.
Judgment will take place at 0900 UK time.
Michael Black and John Morgan, who recently won damages from the owners of a B&B who refused them a room in 2010, have told Daybreak they were never asked if they were married.
The owners of the B&B had alleged that they did not withhold the room because the couple were gay, but because they were not married.
Andrea Williams from Christian Concern backed up the B&B owners saying that an unmarried heterosexual couple would have received the same treatment.
The Archbishop Rowan Williams used his final Easter address to talk about the place of religion in society and in education. He said that despite the public debate about the "usefulness" and "social value" of religion, it is worshippers' personal relationship with God that matters.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will talk about religious education in schools when he gives his Easter sermon today. He will say:
– Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
There is plenty to suggest that younger people, while still statistically deeply unlikely to be churchgoers, don't have the hostility to faith that one might expect. They at least share some sense that there is something here to take seriously when they have a chance to learn about it. It is about the worst possible moment to downgrade the status and professional excellence of religious education in secondary schools.
The pressure group Christian Concern has launched a campaign this Easter urging the Government to drop its case backing a ruling against a nurse, Shirley Chaplin, who was banned from wearing a cross at work. Hers is one of four cases currently being considered by the European Court of Human Rights.