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UK government will oppose wearing of cross at work, newspaper says

The British government will argue in court that Christians don't have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The newspaper said the landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights involves two British women who are trying to establish their right to display the cross. The Telegraph said it's the first time the government has had to openly address whether Christians have a right to wear the symbol at work.

The Sunday Telegraph said it had seen a document that says the government will argue that because it is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross.

In the case before the human rights court, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin claim that their employers discriminated against them by barring them from wearing the symbols.

The Telegraph said Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the government's stance and called it another example of Christianity becoming sidelined in official life.

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