Give me that old time religion - or not.
June 27, 2011 12:32 PM Subscribe
posted by IndigoJones (52 comments total)
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In 2002 a Mrs. Soile Tuulikki Lautsi, a Finnish/Italian woman and member of the Italian Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists objected to the crucifixes on the wall
of her child’s public school.
Failing to win their removal through Italian courts, she sued in the European Court of Human Rights, claiming it violated European Convention on Human Rights.
In 2009, she won. Some were dismayed
. Italy appealed. In March 2011, the court’s Grand Chamber reversed that ruling
in a unanimous vote
(pdf). Some were dismayed.
The decision is final. There are further links here
for those interested in the legal arguments on both sides. (For those who simply enjoy good prose, I recommend the concurring decision
(pdf), by Judge Bonello of Malta.)
Americans gear up for this kind of suit every Christmas, but the European venue naturally brings out other flavors. Consider these observations from Lithuania.
See also the plaintiff's open letter
(pdf) after the first judgement.