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Church of England bishops meet ministers over 'chilling' effect of equality laws

Church of England bishops have urged the Coalition to protect Christians from the “chilling” effect of equality laws, in a series of meetings with ministers.

Some employers see quiet displays of religious belief by their staff as being offensive "almost by definition”, the Church’s national assembly, the General Synod, has been warned.

Senior Anglicans have raised their concerns in meetings with government ministers and expect practical measures to safeguard Christian rights in response.

A series of cases in recent months have seen Christians face disciplinary action and even the law courts for expressing their beliefs, or displaying symbols such as the cross, at work.

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July 13, 2011

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