Former government minister Ann Widdecombe has claimed that being an active Christian in modern Britain is "very difficult", during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
The ex-MP, who converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1993, blamed "quite militant secularism" and equality legislation for people feeling they could not express their faith.
She said: "Christians now have quite a lot of problems, whether it's that you can't display even very discreet small symbols of your faith at work, that you can't say 'God bless you', you can't offer to pray for somebody.
"If it's an even bigger stance on conscience that you're taking, some of the equality laws can actually bring you to the attention of the police themselves.
"So I think it is a very difficult country now, unlike when I was growing up, in which to be a Christian, an active Christian at any rate."