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Hospital porter fired in crucifix row

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posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 11:12 AM
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Hospital porter fired in crucifix row


www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

The row centres on a prayer room available to staff and visitors of all faiths at the hospital, which contains a Virgin Mary statue and a crucifix.

Mr Protano, a Roman Catholic who has worked two years at the hospital, entered the room when three Muslims were using it - two patients and a doctor.

An argument broke out after he asked them to remove a cloth covering the crucifix and statue and to turn a picture of the Virgin Mary face up.

He said he was unable to comment on his sacking as the police probe and his plans to appeal were ongoing.
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posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 11:12 AM
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I'm not sure of the full story here - it does seem an out of proportion reaction though, unless the man in question DID use racist language, something he refutes.

One thing does spring to mind though - he appears to have interrupted the prayers being conducted by the muslim people in the multi-denominational chapel.

This is also from the same story:
"The friend said Mr Protano went into the prayer room about six times a day to check the statue and crucifix were not left covered.

He said as a Christian, he felt it could be upsetting for visiting parents to find them covered up."

So it seems this has been ongoing - the muslims go in to pray, but cover up the religious synbols of another faith when doing so - fair enough if no-one else is using the room.
But here's the crux - according to the story, they appear to have been leaving them covered when they left.

Is it too much to ask for respect and consideration for those of other faiths - when you've finished prayers, put things back as you found them.

more here


www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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[edit on 5/2/2008 by budski]



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