This sounds like a scene out of A Christmas Carol, but it appears to be real. The resident chaplain for Bentley at Crewe was removed from his post – just days before Christmas. Reverend Francis Cooke had visited Crewe once a week for the last decade, but was relieved of his duties when it was feared by management that his presence at the factory might offend a multi-faith workforce.

According to Rev. Cooke, "The reason I have been given is that there are too many people of different faiths to warrant a Christian chaplain." Cooke pointed out that no complaint had ever been brought against him, and that he helps all faiths at the factory – not just Christians.

Bentley issued a statement, addressing its decision, "We have a wide range of faiths and want to take a multi-faith outlook. It would be very difficult to have somebody from each faith."

The Bentley staff did not take this well, and have launched a petition to restore the reverend to his position of the last ten years. According to one Crewe employee, "Everyone is really angry about it as a few of us have been on courses with him." The unnamed employee continued, "To do this before Christmas is shocking." There is no word yet on the progress of the petition, or the hopes of Rev. Cooke's reinstatement at Crewe.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just go over to BMW. I hear they need a priest to exorcise the demons from their cars.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too many people get offended for silly reasons.
      Steven Zahl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just call him the "GUIDANCE COUNSELOR".
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't know about priests on company payroll but I love the Art Deco architecture.
      inthelv
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be mad if I worked someplace with a freaking cleric on staff. Religion has no place at work. Good for Bentley!
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Religion and religious figures belong in church. Period. We all know where they are when we want their help or guidance. They have no place in a secular work place.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the hell should they be wasting corporate resources on a freakin' priest of all things? What a ridiculously bad use of resources. Should have been done years ago.
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Not your resources. What do you care?
        Hazdaz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        If Bentley is a publicly traded company, which is it, since its part of the VW empire, you sure as hell better believe I would care. What an absurd waste of funds - to continue paying for some religious nonsense. What's next? We are going to find out that they pay some guy in a tutu to come into the factory as pretend to be the Tooth Fairy? Or do they hire some midget during St. Patrick's Day celebrations? Keep the voodoo nonsense at home.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        [blocked]
          Dayv
          • 1 Year Ago
          Reported for hate speech. Hopefully they'll ban you. Have a crappy day!
          Patrick
          • 1 Year Ago
          Such Christian Forbearance. Tell me, would Jesus Christ want you hope that all Muslims go to hell, or would he want you to be your brother's keeper befriend your Muslim neighbor and just maybe show through your righteous life style the benefits of your path? Of course, considering rabidness of your comments and considering the few Muslims I've ever meet were lovely hardworking Malaysians and and Indonesians of a distinctly moderate and hard working bent, your family might go the other way.
          Hazdaz
          • 1 Year Ago
          :yawn:
      rex
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is very popular to Christian bash (including word wide persecution and death) now and this is just a company bending to the trend. Note, in a heavily Muslim country. If a company desires to have a Christian Chaplin, so be it that is their decision. Using the excuse of we cannot have one of every faith is a copout. I can tell you that if a Jewish or Muslim company had some one for their faith they would not bend to such, we need one of every faith BS. For the good for them folks here, if you own/run a company I would support your decisions on such matters but not trying to tell another business what they should do as to faith.
        md_stew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rex
        I agree! If the guy fired was Muslim they would Riot everywhere! And the company would be forced to appologize! Why Christians are Hated is beyond me!
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bentley saw the light. There is no god.
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rest of the world must be really offended by me being a Christian. Sorry dudes, lighten up, I won't come knocking on your door or anything.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        Yeah, you've got it really rough, man. It's *so* hard being you.
        Duck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        Only Jesus himself on the cross suffered more than you Jake. Life must be difficult facing such horrible persecution every day.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shitty time for a lay-off, but imho religion should not be mixed with things such as work or politics.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Codeman
        Non-practicing christian here. People quit fooling yourselves, there is no such thing as a pure separation of either politics or religion from other aspects of your lives. Just like the separation of church and state plays out in reproductive rights. The party of "small government" wants to govern every uterus and womb in the land.
          hondoford
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Whatever Sir Douche. If you own a company and you want a chaplain you can have a chaplain. If you think that chaplain might offend someone and you want to fire him, then fire him. It's called freedom of choice. A door that swings both ways.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          hondoford: Hey, Hey get your eyes checked, I did not object to them having a Chaplin, I don't care. My response was to Codeman who was complaining about mixing politics, religion and the work place. Or, maybe you're just peeved about me calling out the party of "small government"?
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Codeman
        I generally agree, but then as a company it should be their choice either way. I can't believe they even had a chaplain in the first place. Seems like an unneeded extravagance.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Immigrants know they go into traditionally Christian countries, and they do not have any hostility towards Christians that neo secularists have. The thing is, there is no need to call the man what he is not, he is a Chaplain, and a Christian, and has been working here for a long time. If you are going to fire a person, at least let the person go after the Holidays, there is no need to make yourself the local grinch.
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