European court: No crucifixes in Italian schools
Quote:Crucifix ruling sparks uproar in Italy

... Italy's powerful bishops' conference said the ruling “evokes sadness and bewilderment.”

Members of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government bristled, weighing in with words such as “shameful,” “offensive,” “absurd,” “unacceptable,” and “pagan.” But condemnation crossed party lines. Paola Binetti, a Catholic in the opposition Democratic Party, the successor of what was once the West's largest communist party, said: “In Italy, the crucifix is a specific sign of our tradition.”

...  Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said crucifixes on the walls of tens of thousands of classrooms “does not mean adherence to Catholicism” but are a symbol of Italy's heritage.

“The history of Italy is marked by symbols and if we erase symbols we erase part of ourselves,” Ms. Gelmini said.


Pierferdinando Casini of the opposition Union of Christian Democrats party said the ruling showed that European institutions were “spineless,” noting the failure to mention the continent's Christian roots in Europe's constitution.

Mario Baccini, a senator in Mr. Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, said the court had “gone adrift in paganism.”

Two Italian laws dating from the 1920s, when the Fascists were in power, state that schools must display crucifixes. Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, said such rulings were leading to “a Europe without an identity.”

Only a handful of politicians defended the court, including some members of the Democratic Party, as well as members of the communist party and atheist groups.

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Re: European court: No crucifixes in Italian schools - by Cambrensis - 11-03-2009, 05:49 PM

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