Challenges to faith, tradition rock British

Why would officials back a ban on wearing cross necklaces? On kids having best friends? What's going on in the United Kingdom?

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Furthermore, “we announce a ban on Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Jaguars, Bentleys and other British cars made after February 2012 entering our premises,” read the company statement. Russkoye

Moloko company cars will also boycott British Petroleum service stations.

The announcement came after the British government said it would fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights brought by two British women seeking to establish the right to wear a cross openly at work.

Will crosses be banned in Great Britain?

Government officials defended the action, saying the wearing of a cross or crucifix is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith – and so, companies have the right to ask employees to conceal it.

“I know and respect Britain and I like its products,” said Russkoye Moloko’s CEO, Vasily Boyko-Veliky, “but in a country where the English monarch, the Queen, has a crown set with a cross, it looks like savagery to prevent the people wearing one. We are against the persecutors of faith. Our boycott is in support of those who are against this. We hope they will demand a law from parliament and the government to allow a cross to be openly worn.”

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Russkoye Moloko employees are being urged to shun all British-produced food, furniture, electrical goods and clothes until the Government changes its position. A Bentley showroom which rents land from the company has been warned it will be evicted in July if there is no reversal.

Meanwhile in another challenge to tradition and personal choice, officials have confirmed that British teachers are now banning schoolkids from having best pals. Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni said the policy is being enforced at schools in the British cities of Kingston, South West London and Surrey.

Why would Britain bar kids from having best buddies?

 Instead, reports journalist Harry Hawkins in The Sun newspaper,  “primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups.”

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