A Conservative MP has claimed Christians are afraid of talking about their faith at work.
Congleton MP Fiona Bruce told the Commons during prime minister’s question time today: “Many Christians are now worried even fearful about mentioning their faith in public.”
Theresa May said people should be able to “speak freely about Christmas” while at work.
“We are now in to the season of advent, we have a very strong tradition in this country of religious tolerance and freedom of speech and our Christian heritage is something we can all be proud of,” the prime minister said.
May told The Sunday Times this week her Christian faith is guiding her decisions around Brexit and that leaving the EU keeps her awake at night.
“I suppose there is something in terms of faith, I am a practising member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do. It’s not like I’ve decided to do what I’m going to do and I’m stubborn.
“I’ll think it through, have a gut instinct, look at the evidence, work through the arguments, because you have to think through the unintended consequences. But ultimately, if you’ve done all that and you believe it’s the right thing to do , then you should go and do it — but sometimes it is difficult.”
Earlier this week the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, told employers not to be “worried” about celebrating Christmas for fear of offending other religions.