“Christian Preacher Wins Right to Take Case to European Court of Justice” Wednesday, September 16

Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern for Our Nation, UK, shares:

“A Christian preacher (the Reverend Mahboob Masih - volunteer presenter on Awaz FM) has won the right to have his case referred to the European Court of Justice following an accusation that a state supported radio station aimed at the Asian community discriminated against him because of his Christian beliefs and views.
… The 37-year-old complained to an employment tribunal that he lost this position for reasons related to religion or belief and was thus the victim of descrimination based on his faith as a Christian. The station denied discrimination, arguing the tribunal has no powers to hear the case as Mr Masih was not an employee. In a ground-breaking decision, the Reverend Masih’s case will be referred for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice to decide if volunteers are protected by anti-discrimination legislation. If upheld, the consequences for employers in their dealings with volunteers who are open about their faith could be very significant….
Andrea Minichiello Williams, barrister and founder of the Christian Legal Centre said: “We are grateful for the brave decision of Employment Judge Williamson. This is a courageous ruling. We at the Christian Legal Centre believe passionately in the postive value of freedom of speech and will continue to fight to prevent the marginalisation of Christians. Rev. Masih looks forward greatly to the European Court case as this will give Christians throughout Europe a unique opportunity to have their freedom to speak and live out their faith confirmed in law.''