Thoughts on Palm Sunday
“Electrician faces sack for displaying Christian cross in his van”
Colin Atkinson, 64, from Wakefield, has been called to a disciplinary hearing at the housing association where he has worked for 15 years.
His bosses at the publicly funded Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) have demanded he remove the eight inch long cross made from woven palm leaves that sits on his dashboard.
The organisation claims the cross may cause offence but says it strongly promotes "inclusive" policies and allows employees to wear religious symbols at work.
“Inclusive,” eh? Including what?
It has provided stalls at gay pride events, held "diversity days" for travellers, and has allowed other staff to display photographs of Che Guevera, the revolutionary leader, in their office.
John’s comment on Che cannot be bettered: “Of course, no one could be offended by a portrait of a psychotic mass murderer.”
In one meeting with senior managers he was told by the company's equality and diversity manager that the cross "gives the impression that WDH is a Christian organisation".
Again, John gets it exactly right: “Somehow I don't think there is any danger that anyone will get such an impression.”