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Judge Rules Against UK Doctor Who Was Fired for 'Inappropriate' Christian E-mails & Language

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"...you cannot say 'I am a Christian.'"

Making it illegal to state one's personal faith in the work place? This could became a reality in the United Kingdom after a judge ruled against a Birmingham, U.K., doctor who was dismissed after he sent a motivating prayer to fellow staff members at his hospital.

The eight-day tribunal clearly wasn't favorable for Drew, who was accused by the hospital's chief executive, Sue James, of producing a "toxic environment." James said that he consistently complained about co-workers and that his religious mentions were divisive.

In the end, the judge ruled that the hospital was not anti-Christian in its handling of the situation and, as stated, that individuals of other faiths taking similar actions would have been punished accordingly.

"There is no need for such assertions in professional communication nor was there a need to make religious references if they are considered inappropriate and if they hinder proper communication," the judge concluded.

In the end, Drew lamented the judge's decision and said that it would have severe ramifications in the workplace.

"This means that you cannot be yourself in the workplace, you cannot say 'I am a Christian'," the doctor proclaimed. "Other people who have got other religions won't be allowed to either but of course what religion other people are because it is more visible. For example we would be in meetings when one or two of my colleagues who are Muslims would go across into a corner to pray."

Others, too, agree with Drew's assessment of the dangers of proclaiming that stating one's faith in the workplace is inappropriate.

"This is like the shutting down of identity. This approach to Christians is like forcing them to deny their identity -- being Christian isn't something which you take off when you go to work," said Andrea Williams, who directs the Christian Legal Centre, a group that defends believers in the workplace. "To say that it is not appropriate to say that you are a Christian at work is to totally misunderstand our history, our heritage, freedom under the law, freedom of religion, it is deeply illiberal, it is wrong."

(H/T: The Telegraph)

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