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European Court, Makes Sense

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that crucifixes can be hung in classrooms.

The suit was originally brought on the basis that the traditionally catholic symbol might influence students. Influence them to do what, I have no idea, and neither did the court. The court found there was absolutely no evidence that students would be influenced in any way.

Italy, where the suit originated, defended the crucifixes in their classrooms by saying:

the crucifix is a symbol of the continent’s historic and cultural roots.

Which is perfectly true. In fact, until 1870 part of Italy was ruled by the Pope. So to say that the crucifix is a symbol of their lush history, and Europe’s heritage as a whole is completely accurate. The fact that Italy has a secular government and the fact that the crucifix is a religious symbol really shouldn’t matter. The secular world is full of religious “left overs”. From Christmas to St. Patrick’s day, I seldom hear anyone complain that they have religious roots when they celebrate them, how many Atheists stayed home last night because the celebrations are really based on a catholic saints feast day?

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  1. 2011/03/18 at 12:48

    That makes sense for Italy. What doesn’t make sense is when people pretend like the history argument works in the U.S. (“Under God”? Really? It comes from anti-communist fears, not a rich history.)

  2. 2011/03/18 at 12:49

    Certainly true.

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