A local council in Sweden has prohibited prayer in local council-run schools, care homes and offices.

Premier reports that the municipality in Bromölla on the north-east coast of Skåne argued that religious freedom includes the “right to avoid public religious expression”.

Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says the council has used a right that was previously about formal public prayers for opening council meetings and extended it to all council workers during work time.

ADF spokesperson Laurence Wilkinson said that Muslims would be more impacted by the ban than Christians, as their religion requires them to pray five times a day at particular times, some during work hours.

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