My local West Australian Catholic Newspaper (The Record) says that according to the Italian newspaper "Avvenire":-The mayor of Sedazzio has levelled a fine of 500 Euros against anyone who removes a crucifix from a public place.The officials in Sassuolo and Trapani have ordered more crucifixes for display in public schools.Billboards in Montegrotto Terme are now displaying the crucifix with the words "We will not take it down"The mayor of Assisi has ordered Nativity scenes as well as crucifixes are to be displayed in public offices.And so it goes on!!!!It is only in countries like Britain (is Britain a country?)that the European Court rulings are obeyed. If countries thumb their noses at this court what REAL sanctions does that court have? I believe that the European Court ordered France to take British beef when the Mad Cow disease was over. France ignored their ruling. France was fined. France did not pay the fine!Talk about toothless tigers!The European Court is a farce and should be treated as such.JARay
JARAY is absolutely right. Don't let those people run your country. They and WHAT ARMY can make you do something like that?
This reminds me of a news article on multiculturalism which I read in the last year, quoting a British Muslim as saying how upset he was that the governors of his duaghter's English primary school had banned the annual nativity play to "avoid offending non Christians". He noted that his daughter loved the nativity play, a highpoint in her calendar, and neither he nor any Muslim of his acquaintance were in the slightest bit offended by something which brings so much joy to children. What he did say deeply offended him was presumptuous and misguided western do-gooders taking this sort of unilateral action because they think they are showing empathy. As JARay says, this does seem to be a peculiarly anglo saxon affliction.
This was a decision by the European Court of Human Rights, which has nothing to do with the European Union/Brussels.Never forget that the vast majority of the 'Founding Fathers' of the EU were devout, practising Catholics and Christian Democrats(even the socialist Jacques Delors was a practising Catholic). Not saying the EU is perfect, but it's good to keep a sense of perspective when being told what to think of the EU by anti-Catholic papers like The Times.
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