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American campaigners back British Christians at Strasbourg

15 August 2011

An American organisation, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), has said it has obtained permission from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to intervene in four cases involving the rights of British Christians.

Based in Arizona, ADF was founded in 1994 by a group of conservative Christian leaders and opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples.

Two of the four British cases, Eweida and Chaplin, concern the wearing of crosses, while the other two, Ladele and McFarlane, concern the provision of services to gay people.

According to ADF, Jan Carnogursky, a former prime minister of Slovakia and co-founder of the Christian Democratic Movement, has also been granted permission to intervene in the cases.

“Christian employees should not be singled out for discrimination,” Roger Kiska, legal counsel for ADF in Europe, said. “No one should have to hide their faith or act contrary to it, especially when public employees of other faiths are accommodated but Christians are not, which appears to be what happened in some of these cases.

“That type of intolerance is inconsistent with the values that civilised communities should have.”

ADF runs an academy programme for US attorneys involved in cases relating to religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family.

According to its website it has provided millions of dollars in funding for hundreds of cases and legal projects.

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