The European Court of Human Rights strikes a blow against the continent’s Christian heritage. It is likely that the court would not be this chary toward granting the use of Islamic symbols — and certain that Islamic expression in Europe will continue to grow as Christianity continues to wane. “Italy school crucifixes ‘barred,'” from the BBC, November 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.
It said the practice violated the right of parents to educate their children as they saw fit, and ran counter to the child’s right to freedom of religion.
The case was brought by an Italian mother, Soile Lautsi, who wants to give her children a secular education.
But the ruling has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country, with one politician calling the move “shameful”….
Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the crucifix was a “symbol of our tradition”, and not a mark of Catholicism.
One government minister called the ruling “shameful”, while another said that Europe was forgetting its Christian heritage….
Some conservatives have already complained about schools dropping nativity plays to avoid upsetting Muslim children.
Odd usage of “conservatives” there. Usually in mainstream media stories dealing with events outside the U.S., “conservatives” are sawing off their daughters’ heads, or blowing something up.