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Crucifixes in School

From BBC News

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church has warned the country’s new socialist government that it faces a major battle over removing religious symbols from schools.

The European Court in Strasbourg has ordered Italy to take down crucifixes from its classrooms, and Greece’s justice minister has acknowledged that it may have to follow suit. From Lamia in Central Greece, Malcolm Brabant reports.

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6 Comments

  1. December 23, 2009    

    Greece, a country with with high government restrictions, ranks fifth worst in Europe (excluding Asian post-Soviet states), behind Turkey, Belarus, Russia, Bulgaria and Moldova

    Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
    “Global Restrictions on Religion”:

    Executive Summary
    http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=491

    Results by Country
    http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/restrictions/restrictions-resultsbycountry.pdf

    Full Report
    http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/restrictions/restrictionsfullreport.pdf

  2. December 23, 2009    

    This is the country’s Supreme Administrative Court (Council of State) with an icon atop the chair
    http://www.ste.gr/images/StE/content/selected/olomeleia_big.JPG

  3. AntiMultiCulturalism
    December 25, 2009    

    This is the country’s Supreme Administrative Court (Council of State) with an icon atop the chair
    http://www.ste.gr/images/StE/c…..ia_big.JPG

    What’s your point?
    Are you insinuating that the Supreme Court is favouring some religions over others?
    And if you are, do you have any hard evidence?

  4. December 26, 2009    

    Professor Michalis Stathopoulos: “the presence of an icon of Jesus Christ in every court is incompatible with religious freedom and religious neutrality; what if those who are before the courts are Muslims or atheists? Won’t they be justified in feeling that they may not be granted equal judicial protection which the state is obliged to grant to all Greek citizens?” (Interview in “Avghi,” on 13 February 2005; available at http://www.avgi.gr/NavigateActiongo.action?articleID=239815)

  5. AntiMultiCulturalism
    December 30, 2009    

    That is just the opinion of one person, it isn’t proof that the Greek judges are prejudiced or what the feeling of atheists and Muslims may be.
    The Greek Flag has a religious symbol on it. Should it be removed so it won’t insult anyone?

  6. December 31, 2009    

    A leading law professor is not one person but a legal authority.

    You apparently do not understand the law.

    It is a principle of fair trial that judges are both subjection and objectively impartial.

    Objective partiality is anything that could give the impression that the judge may not be independent or impartial, even if s/he really is. Example: the judge trying a defendant who is a relative lacks objective impartiality and has to step down.

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