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Bishops issue warning on Equality Bill

The Daily Telegraph has reported that bishops in the House of Lords have accused the Government of using the proposed Equality Bill to force religion behind closed doors.

They backed calls for a “conscience clause” to be added to the law so that the rights of religious worshippers are not ignored by attempts to protect minorities.

The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev John Hind, warned that the Government was wrong to make people separate their personal religious beliefs from their behaviour in the workplace.

He said: “The attempt to privatise belief, whether philosophical or religious, is a profoundly dangerous tendency and one that we need to address as we consider not only this but later amendments.”

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January 18, 2010

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