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Hungary condemns British government for anti-Christian persecution

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Hungary deputy PM Semjén appalled at British government position on Christian cross.

The co-ruling Christian Democrats are “shocked and appalled” by the British government’s claims that Christians should not wear a cross or crucifix openly at work because it is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, party leader Zsolt Semjen said on Monday.

The ban is clearly anti-Christian and a harsh and provocative violation of the freedom of religion, said Semjen in a statement sent to MTI. The issue is especially serious in light of the fact that the British government’s decision emerged after its plans to legalise same-sex marriages had been attacked by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.

The Christian Democrats highlight expressions of increasingly anti-Christian sentiments in the European Union and the double standards that while the EU have attacked parts of the Hungarian church law, it assists to the persecution of Christians, Semjen said.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday that the British government is to argue in a case at the European Court of Human Rights that Christians should not be allowed to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work. The paper said that a British Airways worker and a nurse had taken their conflict to the European Court in Strasbourg after both faced disciplinary action for wearing a cross at work.


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