The great necklace-with-cross-ban hoax

Dear Mr Clegg

I was disappointed to hear you on the radio this morning, furthering the idea that at some time a person was forbidden from wearing a cross at work.

I believe there are two cases you may have had in mind when mentioning this, and in neither case was the cross pertinent. However, the cases have been used to promote a myth of Christian persecution in this country.

In the case of Eweida, she chose to contravene her employer’s no-jewellery uniform policy (since rescinded) by wearing a necklace (with a cross). In the case of Chaplin, she chose to contravene her employer’s no-loose-jewellery rule, by wearing a necklace (with a cross). Both women took their case to the ECtHR complaining that their rights to manifest their religion had been denied. Clearly nonsense in both cases. Chaplin was even offered the chance to wear a cross as a brooch, but no, it had to be a necklace.

If you ever find an example of discrimination against Christians I promise I will join you on the picket lines, but this one is a myth that has been mischievously used to create a false impression.

Meanwhile, I don’t understand why parents of any religion who want to indoctrinate their children deserve any help from tax-payers. State-funded schools should surely be entirely secular places, where religions (plural) can be studied from a neutral perspective.

yours sincerely

David Regis


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