Posted by: becketfund | May 8, 2009

UK: Queen’s Trinity Cross Honor Deemed Unlawful by Privy Council

LONDON – The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity, an honour established by the Queen, has been declared unlawful after Muslims and Hindus complained that its Christian name and cross insignia were offensive, The Times reported on May 8. The Trinity Cross was established in 1969 and took precedence over all other decorations except the Victoria Cross and George Cross.  Questions were raised, though, about the overtly Christian nature of the words “Trinity” and “Cross” and the use of a cross insignia, which led to some of those nominated refusing to accept the decoration.  The Privy Council in London has ruled that the decoration is unconstitutional because it discriminates against non-Christians. Five British law lords said that the creation of the honor breached the right to equality and the right to freedom of conscience and belief. The legal case had been brought by groups representing Trinidad and Tobago’s Muslim and Hindu communities, which account for about 30 per cent of the Caribbean islands’ population of 1.3 million.

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