You Really Shouldn’t Be Surprised…

The Christian electrician who won the right to display a palm cross in his work van has been suspended from his job, it emerged last night.


After a public outcry over the case, he won an agreement with his employer, Wakefield District Housing, in April that he could return to work.But last night he accused WDH, where he has worked for 15 years, of failing to honour the agreement.

Is that a shock? Let’s look at the behaviour of this company, shall we?

Mr Atkinson had proudly displayed the cross in his van for over a decade, but last year – following an anonymous complaint – he refused to remove itand was threatened with the sack.Managers told him it was ‘unacceptable’ to display the 8in symbol of his faith in the van in case it upset ‘diverse’ housing association tenants.

There was outrage after it emerged a colleague, who is a Muslim, is allowed to display a verse from the Koran in the car she uses for work, while other staff are allowed to wear company burkas.

One manager was allowed to keep a poster of communist revolutionary Che Guevara in his office.

So, did you really think they’d take your victory lying down?

He was then suspended last week after speaking to the media about what happened to him.

‘I’ve got a right to speak out in the national interest, the interest of the British public and a right to defend myself,’ he said.

‘They said it was a breach of confidentiality that has precipitated an irreversible breakdown in relations.’

Frankly, you’d be better off finding a more reputable company. Who’d want to work for people like this?

10 comments for “You Really Shouldn’t Be Surprised…

  1. August 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Well, in current circumstances it comes as no shock, and it’s good of you to plug the story but it may just be a case of crossed wires.

    • August 5, 2011 at 5:51 am


  2. meltemian
    August 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    “company burkas”???

    • banned
      August 5, 2011 at 2:15 am


  3. john in cheshire
    August 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    JuliaM, taking the report at face value, it epitomises how deeply the socialist rot has eaten away the fabric of our country. I despair that those who have contrived to have this man suspended, and no doubt soon to be sacked, are able to live with themselves. But socialists aren’t like you and me, they really do, in my opinion , have some kind of intrinsic (intellectual, moral, logical) flaw in their makeup.

  4. August 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Frankly, you’d be better off finding a more reputable company. Who’d want to work for people like this?

    Yes but jobs aren’t all that easy to find these days, particularly carrying the terrible baggage of a cross.

  5. August 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Surely it’s constructive dismissal?

  6. nemesis
    August 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

    The Palm crosses handed out at church these days are just a palm leaf not folded into a cross – so technically all he is doing as far as anyone else should be concerned is that he has left a dead leaf in his van.

    • August 5, 2011 at 5:52 am

      The image they use in the newspaper story quite clearly shows a leaf cross.

    • August 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Maybe in some churches, but mine (as do many others) distribute palm crosses. (There was a time when the women of the parish spent the day before getting together and making them, but these days they come from impoverished churches in Africa. So, UK churches buy these ready-made — a charitable act/transaction.)

      So, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a palm leaf handed out on Palm Sunday in my area.

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