Community Ruling Forbids Any Religious Symbols

Country: Italy

Date of incident: May 6, 2009

A community ruling forbids any religious symbols, such as the crucifix, including on cemetery grounds, on May 6, 2009, in Lugo di Romagna.

The City Counsel of Lugo di Romagna, Italy, has issued a guideline for the erection of graves in the new wing of the cemetery. The guideline clearly states that only name, last name, date of birth, and date of death will be allowed in the tombstone. Furthermore the new regulation highlights that the date of birth and death should not be preceded by any symbol.  The officials have replied to the public outcry insisting that the intention of the guideline is to standardize the appearance of the graves; and to limit, as far as possible, the effect of heterogeneity. The City Counsel states that banning all religious symbols is a good measure to avoid claims for offense, in particular those one based on religious sensitivity. Source: