Greek Orthodox Church Urges Christians to Unite over Crucifix Ban

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Greek Orthodox Church Urges Christians to Unite over Crucifix Ban: Greek Orthodox Church Urges Christians to Unite over Crucifix Ban The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled last week that the presence of crucifixes violated a child's right to freedom of religion. Photo by cukierski.net

The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled last week that the presence of crucifixes violated a child's right to freedom of religion.

Greece's Orthodox Church fears the Italian case will set a precedent, the BBC reported.

It has called an emergency Holy Synod meeting for next week to devise an action plan.

Although the Greek Orthodox Church has been at odds with Roman Catholicism for 1 000 years, the judicial threat to Christian symbols has acted as a unifying force.

The European Court of Human Rights found that the compulsory display of crucifixes violated parents' rights to educate their children as they saw fit and restricted the right of children to believe or not to believe.

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#5
DrFaust - 14 Nov 2009 // 15:03:55

In France (except for Alsace-Lorraine) there is a strict ban of any religious symbols in schools and other public buildings since the French Revolution. France is officially strictly laizistic, religion considered a private matter only.

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dzingis - 14 Nov 2009 // 14:44:04

Cleansing of Bulgarian villages in Macedonia and Thrace started during Ottoman rule. That is what we were taught at school ..

#3
Bill - 14 Nov 2009 // 14:18:04

There is already a precedent case. The German Supreme Court ruled in favor of a family complaining that seeing Christ hanging on the wall of their daughter's classroom caused her discomfort.

Personally, I'm in favor of separaton of church and state. But this is untested waters. Nobody complains about Catholics wearing crosses, nor Jews wearing stars of David, but there's a furore about muslim women wearing the head scarf.

#2
kostis - 14 Nov 2009 // 14:05:04

Dzintzis,
where did you get that? I am interested if is true.

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dzingis - 13 Nov 2009 // 12:30:53

Greek Orthodox church did not mind siding with Turks during Ottoman Rule and exterminating Orthodox Bulgarians. Caliphate of Yunanistan.

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