The European high court, ruling 15-2 March 18, overturned a lower court decision and declared that displays of crucifixes
in public schools do not oppress students' rights and fall within the latitude European nations have for dealing with topics concerning religion.
In November 2009, the European Court of Human Rights upheld an application lodged in Italy by a private citizen against the display in school classrooms of crucifixes
Both are atheists and she had complained that their two children had to attend an Italian school which had crucifixes
in every room, as laid down in law as a reflection of the country's Catholic heritage.
In Spain and Italy, two nations with a strong Roman Catholic tradition, support for the use of crucifixes
in classrooms stood at 69.
Hundreds of crucifixes
were sprinkled with holy water on Thursday and hundreds of Jewish mezuzas will be blessed today.
The seven judges ruling on the case added that crucifixes
in the classroom also restricted the "right of children to believe or not to believe.
3 that the crucifixes
hanging in every public classroom in Italy were "a violation of the freedom of parents to educate their children according to their own convictions and of the religious freedom of the students.
Summary: The Vatican has condemned a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that Italian schools should remove crucifixes
based churches and Christian retailers are accused of selling crucifixes
made by slave labor in China.
IN a dilapidated factory in China, young girls slave for just a few cent an hour producing thousands of crucifixes
for Christians in the West.
But while a Muslim can wear a headscarf or a Sikh can wear a turban, Christians have to stick their crucifixes
behind their British Airways blouses.
They even beat a nightclub employee with their crucifixes
People casually paging through this magazine might identify these three objects as crucifixes
English travellers who in the 1530s and 40s were able to exploit the retention of images in Lutheran churches were succeeded by others who were shocked to find crucifixes
in Protestant places of worship.
France moves to ban any overt display of religion from public places, claiming secular society cannot survive head scarves or turbans or crucifixes