Religion Freedom

20th March 2017

Following ECJ ruling MP says "keep calm and carry on respecting freedom of religious expression."

On 15th March, MP for Enfield Southgate asked the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities about the European Court Ruling allowing employers to ban workers from wearing religious dress and symbols in the workplace.

Mr Burrowes, a leading advocate in the House of Commons for religious freedom asked: “Will the Minister confirm that in this country a member of an airline’s cabin staff or a receptionist has the right to express their faith freely by wearing a cross or a headscarf, and that that cannot be supressed by any so-called neutral dress code?”

The Minister said “As I have said before, companies are entitled to enforce their own dress code, but it is very clear that that dress code must apply equally to all employees, whatever their faith, religion or gender, and the Government are keen to promote that”.

Mr Burrowes said: “The ECJ ruling flies in the face of our laws and values which respect religious freedom of expression. There is nothing neutral about a dress code which unreasonably prevents someone from expressing their faith with say a cross or scarf or kippah. We must follow the British approach and keep calm and carry on respecting freedom religious expression’.

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield ( donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP


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