Well according to the European Court of Human Rights it might. They’ve banned it from public schools in Italy. Here’s why.
Norightturn thinks it’s great news – the power of the Vatican leaves no space for religious freedom. But there’s no shortage of people out there who are outraged by this ruling.
‘It’s more surprising because it’s happening in Italy, the country which hosts the Vatican in Rome which has guided Catholic theology and culture since the first century. One can only imagine the reaction in Mecca to the Saudi Arabian Human Rights Court decreeing the Islamic Crescent as violating religious freedoms’ says this blog.
And that’s the line from the Vatican – your robbing Europe of it’s identity.
“It is astonishing then that a European court should intervene weightily in a matter profoundly linked to the historical, cultural and spiritual identity of the Italian people,” the Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi stated.
Saint Superman blogs that this is a touchy issue in the United States too.
‘We’ve struggled ourselves for some time to understand what the proper balance is between public religion and personal rights; is freedom to be understood as freedom from offense? This is a subject we at WHYS have touched on before and I’m going to dig up a few of our past debates now.
This is what Red Cardigan has to say. It’s a good read. They feel secularism has gone too far.
‘The proponents of secularism pretend that secularism is the only logical, neutral way for a state to be…secularism, with its amorality and tendency to worship the state itself in the absence of anything better to worship, may cause harm…’
Is the crucifix a symbol of religion or culture? And in an increasingly multicultural Europe does it have a place in the classrooom?