Political repression and religious persecution come in many forms. In the so-called First World the worst agents of repression are those who adhere to “political correctness.” The saddest and most illogical twist in the thinking of these ideologues is that while they push for “diversity” as one of the highest goals every society should aspire to meet, they tend to fear real diversity in opinions and to stifle freedom of expression. High on their list of forbidden behavior is the public display of one’s faith. According to their implosive pretzel logic, any such display is “offensive” and “threatening.”
The latest example of this has surfaced just in time for Easter. Two British women who were fired from their jobs for refusing to take off the crosses they were wearing around their necks have taken their case to the highest court of the European Union. In response to their plight, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, archbishop of St. Andrews in Scotland has urged all British Catholics to wear crosses in public. The court in Strasbourg is expected to rule against them, and if this does happen, then no one will be free to display religious symbols in public. And if so, then what next?