Thursday, March 24, 2011

COMMENTARY: European Court of Human Rights Is Correct in Crucifix Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights was correct last week when it ruled that crucifixes can be displayed in Italy's public schools.

This ruling, in effect, supersedes a previous ruling of this same European Court (EC) in 2009, which had said that crucifixes in Italy's public school classrooms must be removed. At that time, the EC ruled that crucifixes in Italy's public schools could be disturbing to non-Christian and atheist students.

More than a dozen European countries -- led by Italy -- appealed that ruling.

In its ruling last week -- which applies to all European countries, and not just Italy -- the EC said it found no evidence "that the display of such a symbol on classroom walls might have an influence on pupils."

Christians throughout Europe have applauded the EC's latest decision on crucifixes. Italy's foreign minister, Franco Frattini, said, "The popular sentiment in Europe has won today."


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