British Christians under pressure to hide their faith- survey

British Christians feel under pressure to hide their faith at work, according to the largest public consultation ever conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

Almost 2,500 people took part in the survey on their experiences of religion and belief in the workplace and as the recipients of services. 

The survey took place against the backdrop of several high profile legal cases involving the expression of religion or belief, as well as a 2012 parliamentary report that found that religious illiteracy in Britain is causing religious belief to be misunderstood and restricted, squeezing Christianity out of public life. Court decisions, according to the report, had contrary to legislative intent established a hierarchy of rights with conscience rights and the freedom to manifest religious belief being deemed inferior to other rights.

Mark Hammond, EHRC chief executive, said that “widespread confusion about the law” had come out strongly in the survey.