Bentley Motors defended the move saying they had a wide range of faiths at the company and wanted to take a multi-faith outlook.
“It would be very difficult to have somebody from each faith,” the company said in a statement to The Daily Mail.
For the past 10 years Rev. Francis Cooke visited the shop floor at Bentley offering spiritual support for the men and woman making luxury cars. He was paid by the company – and fired only days before Christmas.
“It is just beyond belief,” he told The Daily Mail. “The reason I have been given is that there are too many people of different faiths to warrant a Christian chaplain.”
To his knowledge Cooke said there have not been any complaints about his ministry and he’s also been able to counsel non-Christian workers.
Workers are distraught by the move and have launched a campaign to reinstate the chaplain.
“Everyone is really angry about it,” one worker told The Daily Express. “To do this just before Christmas is shocking.”
One reader made the observation that “multi-faith outlook” in the United Kingdom usually means “no Christians.”
“Political correctness is the most offensive and socially destructive concept ever devised,” wrote one reader.