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Personal Experiences of Repression of Religious Symbols and Public Prayer

May 28, 2010, United Kingdom

Evangelical Premier Media conducted a survey called "Freedom of the Cross Consultations" in May 2010. 12 % of the respondants answered that they had experienced discrimination personally, another 10% that they knew someone who had. Read here some quotes with regard to religious symbols and prayer in public.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation in the Area of Adoption and Fostering

May 26, 2010, United Kingdom

Evangelical Premier Media conducted a survey called "Freedom of the Cross Consultations" in May 2010. 12 % of the respondants answered that they had experienced discrimination personally, another 10% that they knew someone who had. Read here some quotes with regard to "Adoption and Fostering".

Access to Justice and Legal Services Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Rights of Parents

Christian Cemetery Vandalised

May 14, 2010, France

Acts of vandalism in cemetery target Christian graves in particular.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Burglarised and Vandalised

May 13, 2010, Switzerland

Unidentified criminals burglarised and vandalised a Catholic church in Switzerland. The act included desecration of the Eucharist and of the Bible.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Vandalised in Salindres

May 13, 2010, France

An unknown individual vandalized the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament of the church of Saint André de Salindres and urinated in the chapel.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Compared to Mafia in European Parliament

May 12, 2010, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

In a meeting on child abuse, European Parliament Platform for Secularism says that Roman Catholic Church is protecting criminals and that its behavior is comparable to that of the Sicilian Mafia.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Street Preacher Arrested for Comment on Homosexuality as a Sin

May 12, 2010, United Kingdom

Street Preacher Dale McAlpine was arrested after stating to a passersby that homosexuality was a sin. After seven hours in a police cell, McAlpine was released. (video footage available!)

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Several Attacks on Churches Recorded

May 1, 2010, Germany

The renowned daily reports on a noticeable rise in quality and quantity of attacks against Church buildings.

Desecration Freedom of Religion Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Christian Password Cause for Bullying

April 29, 2010, United Kingdom

“In the workplace, just having a Christian related password on my computer, got me into trouble - I was insulted by management. This was the start of ongoing bullying,” says an respondent who wishes to remain anonymous.

Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

28-Year-Old Postal Employee Dismissed For Refusing to Distribute Sex-Flyers

April 21, 2010, Switzerland

The postal worker Emmanuel N. was fired because he refused to distribute erotic flyers on the grounds of his Christian faith.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience

Anti-theist authors call for Pope’s Arrest

April 20, 2010, United Kingdom

Dawkins and Hitchens are accusing Pope Benedict of committing crimes against humanity and calling for his arrest when he sets foot on British soil in the fall.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Birth Place of Josef Ratzinger Vandalised

April 13, 2010, Germany

In the night of April 13th the birthplace of Josef Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, was vandalised. The house in Marktl am Inn was sprayed on with "insulting contents".

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Magazine Cover Page Blasphemes Image of Christ

April 9, 2010, Germany

German Magazine sparks outrage by portraying profane image mocking Catholic Church and blaspheming image of Christ on the crucifix.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Negative Stereotyping

Parents Arrested After Refusing Their Children's Participation in a Sex Ed Play

April 8, 2010, Germany

Christian parents arrested and imprisoned up to 40 days when they refused to allow their children to participate in a mandatory sexual education program.

Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

Church in Nizna Village Vandalised During Easter Holiday

April 6, 2010, Slovakia

Spray-painters tagged the church in the Nižná village with rude writings and fascist signs on April 6, at the time of the most important Christian festivities. The writings were about one meter high in size and in black colour. The vandals also damaged the near-by standing monument. A similar incident had taken place during Christmas the year before.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

New Educational Program Spreads Secularist Ideas: 55.000 Parents Opt Out

April 1, 2010, Spain

375 Christian parents lodge complaint with European Court of Human Rights as the mandatory school curriculum is antithetical to their moral convictions. After five years of public debate and much engagement on the side of the parents, the subject was abolished on Jan 31, 2012.

Freedom of Conscience Rights of Parents

(International) New York Times With Anti-Christian Bias

March 26, 2010, United States

The New York Times set firmly on Pope Benedict in its front page coverage of the fallout of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Poor journalism with anti-Christian bias.

Negative Stereotyping

Attempt to Legally Qualify Catholic Church as Criminal Organisation

March 25, 2010, Austria

Vienna-based lawyer Georg Zanger wants to sue leading members of the Catholic Church on grounds of membership in a criminal organisation (§ 278a StGB, Austrian Code of Penal Law).

Equality Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

Obligatory Classes Offending Christian Parents at ECtHR

March 25, 2010, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

Over 300 parents and children filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that Spain’s compulsory “Education in Citizenship” classes promote sexual promiscuity and abortion and provide materials that mock Christianity. In 2012, the Spanish government stopped the programme.

Freedom of Conscience Rights of Parents

Non-Muslim Communities Face Problems with Obtaining Legal Personality

March 25, 2010, Turkey

Various non-Muslim organised religious groups continue to deal with difficulties in Turkish society that seems to refuse to them the right to legal personality. The main implications of this problematic situation lie in their property rights, their access to justice and their ability to raise funds.

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion

(International) Media Bias Against Christianity

March 24, 2010, United States

Catholic League presents several examples of media bias against Christians in the United States, mainly around sex abuse scandals. US media is also widely in use in Europe.

Negative Stereotyping

Anti-Christian Graffiti on Church Wall

March 23, 2010, Spain

A day after a pro-life manifestation had taken place in Plaza Nueva, Seville, a graffiti was found on one of the walls of San Román Church. The graffiti displayed the phrase: "Put your rosary away from our ovaries". The church wall was cleaned on the same day after a public outcry on intolerance and vandalism.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

(Scotland) Street Preacher Arrested and Fined £1000 In Glasgow After Night in Jail

March 19, 2010, United Kingdom

A street preacher has been arrested and fined £1000 in Glasgow for telling passersby, in answer to a direct question, that homosexual activity is a sin. He was sentenced for “homophobic remarks…aggravated by religious prejudice.”

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Church Left In Ruins After Fire in Westry

March 19, 2010, United Kingdom

A 19th century Cambridgeshire church has been gutted following a massive fire, reportedly started when yobs set Bibles and prayer books alight. The horrific fire in Westry, near March, left the village church in tatters with only the external brickwork remaining.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Theft and Tabernacle Desecrated in Quimper

March 18, 2010, France

The church of Sainte Clair of Quimper was burglarized on the night of Thursday, March 18th, 2010. The tabernacle was also desecrated. Burglars broke into the church; all the furniture were forced-open, the liturgical cloths thrown to the ground and every room was carefully searched including the bell tower. But in the end, visitors left with only a CD player and a microphone.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Vandalised in Arras

March 16, 2010, France

The Bible was thrown to the ground, tiles were broken, benches overturned, flower pots broken in the parish church of Arras. It is not the first time damage was noted in this church. This case of vandalism deeply shocked Father Berthe, who evokes the "lack of respect while the good news of Jesus' love is a source of hope for everyone."

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Company Sued After Refusing to Serve a Gay Promotion

March 10, 2010, Netherlands

A Dutch marketing company was sued after refusing to print bath towels that supposed to be an advertistment for promoting homosexual behaviour. The company had declared on their website that they are not interested in orders that are conflicting with their Christian beliefs and morals. Invoking the Equal Treatment Commission (ETC), the company was accused of not fulfilling a service that was beneficial for the general public and discrimination against certain social groups.

Militant Equality Laws

Secularists Attempt to Ban Catholic Services from European Parliament

February 28, 2010, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

A group of socialists, communists, liberals and greens, headed by Dutch liberal Sophie in’t Veld and German green Franziska Brantner seek to ban the Catholic Service which has been in place in Strasbourg for 11 years.

Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Militant Equality Laws

Crosses Removed From Hospital Walls and Thrown Into Trash Bags

February 25, 2010, Germany

Twelve crosses were removed from the walls of the surgery unit of the public hospital of Bad Soden, Germany, in February, while patients were watching.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Desecration of Christian Churches on the Rise

February 25, 2010, France

Graffiti on church walls, destruction of religious art, and desecration of objects of worship becoming increasingly commonplace in France.

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Gay Service Disruption and Priest Sued over Communion Refusal

February 24, 2010, Netherlands

Openly homosexual activists disrupt Catholic services for refusing Holy Communion to open homosexuals.

Freedom of Religion Hate Incident Militant Equality Laws

Sex-Ed Bill Passed in House of Commons Forcing Schools to Promote Homosexuality, Abortion. Later On Dropped

February 24, 2010, United Kingdom

Controversial sex ed bill passed in the house of commons and only later turned down as a legislative project. Under the bill, schools, both religious and secular, would have had to give children information on homosexual relationships as well as artificial contraception and abortion, including on how to obtain abortions and contraceptives. Catholic and Anglican schools would have been required to promote abortion, contraception, “civil partnerships” and homosexuality as “normal and harmless.”

Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Fire Set in Famous Vienna Catholic Church

February 19, 2010, Austria

Two glass doors were broken and fire set on the altar under the tabernacle. Fire did not spread and was extinguished by itself.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Street Preacher Arrested Over Comments About Homosexual Activity

February 19, 2010, United Kingdom

A district judge has thrown out the case against another street preacher, Paul Shaw, who was arrested on February 19 in Colchester over comments he made about homosexual activity.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Cemetery Desecrated in Oxelaëre

February 18, 2010, France

47 graves were vandalized in Oxelaëre, in Northern France. They were all Christian graves and many of them were tagged with swastika, injurious words and various grafiti. Mayor Stéphane Dieusaert exclaims: "It is pathetic."

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Mother Jailed Upon Taking Son Out of Sex Ed

February 17, 2010, Germany

A mother of eight was detained on February 17th to spend eight days in a prison. She had refused to send her nine-year-old-son to school on grounds of her objection to sex education.

Freedom of Conscience Rights of Parents

IPPF Stereotypes Catholic Church

February 17, 2010, International

According to pro-contraception and pro-abortion NGO International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Catholics are indistinguishable from Islamists: “Fundamentalist and other religious groups—the Catholic Church and madrasas (Islamic schools) for example—have imposed tremendous barriers that prevent young people, particularly, from obtaining information and services related to sex and reproduction.”

Defamation Negative Stereotyping

Provocation of Christians in Front of Church by Gay Activists

February 15, 2010, France

Gay activists plan mass kissing provocation in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Counterdemonstrations led to new location while a few remained there.

Desecration Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Militant Equality Laws

Catholic Foster Care Forced to Close due to Bill on Gay Marriage

February 1, 2010, United States

Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington has ended its foster-care program and will end its adoption program as well. At issue was the right of the archdiocese to reject gay marriage and remain a city contractor; a bill legalizing same-sex marriage recently passed in the District.

Freedom of Conscience Militant Equality Laws

Non-Muslim Identity Card Holders in Turkey Face Discriminatory Practices

February 1, 2010, Turkey

Personal documents of Turkish citizens include information on religion, leaving potential for discriminatory practices. Examples include reports of harassment by local officials of persons who converted from Islam to other religions and wanted to change their ID cards.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Hate Incident

Arson in Church in Bourges

January 29, 2010, France

The fire was set in the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, near the choir, in the middle of previously stacked chairs. Firefighters quickly controlled the fire, but a significant amount of smoke spread into the building. The fire fortunately did not damage the walls and paintings in the chapel. For the police officers as well as for the parish priest, Father Massip, the fire was with no doubt of intentional origin.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Graves Vandalised in Calvados

January 28, 2010, France

Thirty-six graves were targeted in the cemetery of Biéville-Beuville, in Calvados, near Caen. Many crosses were reversed and funeral ornaments wrecked.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

The United States grants Asylum to German Home Schooling Family

January 28, 2010, Germany

“Because of a substantiated fear of persecution”, an American judge on immigration matters argued, the United States is granting political Asylum to a German couple and their children, who are fleeing from compulsory education in Germany.

Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

On-Air Insult in Talkshow

January 19, 2010, Hungary

“A child's life can be destroyed by two things: Christianity and pornography".

Insult or Incitement

Cemetery Vandalised in Croissy-sur-Seine

January 17, 2010, France

The cemetery of Croissy-sur-Seine was desecrated on Wednesday, January 17th. Crosses were broken and headstones were wrecked. No mention of the incident was made in the media.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Wearing of Cross Prohibited, Scarves Allowed

January 14, 2010, United Kingdom

“I work for the local NHS Trust and female nurses are not allowed to wear a small necklace with a cross. But it seems unfair that Muslim women are allowed to cover their heads with scarves,” says a respondent who wishes to remain anonymous.

Equality Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Report Published: 84 Pages of Incidents of Marginalisation of Christians

December 31, 2009, United Kingdom

The Christian Institute published a report called "Marginalising Christians", cataloguing numerous cases of Christians being sidelined by public bodies, popular media, employers and facing barriers to public funding.

Defamation Desecration Equality Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Militant Equality Laws Negative Stereotyping Rights of Parents

Vandalism in Bushat, Shkodër

December 31, 2009, Albania

Violation of the Catholic Cemetery; desecration of graves, as well as, the demolition of a cross in Bushat, Shkodër, were reported. Police did not apprehend the perpetrators.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Countless Numbers of Desecrations in 2009

December 31, 2009, France

Countless Christian Churches and cemeteries desecrated and vandalized in 2009. Find here a selected overview.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Graffiti on Church Buildings

December 31, 2009, Liechtenstein

Graffiti on several church buildings, presumably by satanic groups: Two incidents were reported to the police in 2008, one in 2009.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Hate Crimes Against Christians 2009

December 31, 2009, Russia

Find here a list of cases for the year 2009 which was brought to our attention .

Desecration Hate Crime Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Polish Catholic Magazine Fined for Anti-Abortion Editorial

December 31, 2009, Poland

In 2009 the Roman Catholic Polish magazine, Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor) was fined nearly €25,000 for an anti-abortion editorial.

Freedom of Expression

Churches and Cemeteries Vandalized

December 27, 2009, Lithuania

In 2008 and 2009 several isolation cases of vandalizing of churches took place in various parts of Lithuania. These cases include on breaking into churches and vandalizing cemeteries, presumably by satanic groups. Some cases were reported to the police.

Desecration Hate Crime Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Hooliganism and Murder of Orthodox Priest in Russian Podolsk District

December 22, 2009, Russia

The orthodox archpriest was shot dead by criminals after he admonished them for hooliganism. The killers came to the church and defecated in the hallway. The priest asked them to stop their acting and was shot to death.

Hate Crime

Christmas Wordings Substituted

December 21, 2009, Switzerland

Christmas wordings were substituted by non-religious phrases on countless occasions. Phrases range from “seasonal greetings” to “may your celebration be under a good star” to "white seasons songs" in all European countries. A very interesting report has reached us from an employee of a global corporation based in Switzerland.

Equality Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Christian Teacher Sacked From Her Job For Offering To Pray For Sick Girl

December 21, 2009, United Kingdom

‘I feel if I had spoken about almost any other topic I would have been fine but Christianity is seen as a no-go area. It felt as if I was being treated as a criminal. It is like a bad dream that had come true,’ says sacked teacher Olive Jones.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)

Due Diligence Omitted in Anti-Christian Newspiece

December 16, 2009, Germany

Due diligence omitted in questionable article in German daily Die Zeit wrongly accusing Christians of being in favour of radical law in Uganda. Complaint to Press Council lodged by professor of journalism.

Negative Stereotyping

Eight Christian Fathers Jailed for Removing Children from Sex-Ed Class

December 11, 2009, Germany

Eight families in Salzkotten, Germany, have suffered heavy fines and now their fathers have been sentenced to prison, because they have refused to send their elementary school-age children to mandatory sexual education classes. State wants “to prevent parallel societies.”

Rights of Parents

Several Acts of Vandalism in Derventa.

December 10, 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Several acts of vandalism against the church of Derventa were reported in December 2009. Vandals attempted to break in the church, destroyed windows, damaged the cemetery and destroyed lights and decorations.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Draft Bill In Discussion Banning Religion From Public Life

December 9, 2009, Belgium

The advent season is used by Belgian anti-religious politicians to propose ban of religious symbols on objects serving a public function and a ban on religious traditions of public life.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Christian Couple Arrested After Offending Muslim Woman

December 9, 2009, United Kingdom

A Christian hotelier couple who expressed their Christian beliefs to Muslim guest during a discussion of religion were subsequently arrested for disrupting public order. Charges were later dismissed.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Gay Students Disrupt Lecture At Cologne University

December 7, 2009, Germany

Homosexual students disrupted a lecture of Protestant philosopher Prof. Edith Düsing at Cologne University. The students made noise and used kissing and banners due to her support of a manifesto in May 2009 protesting the cancellation of an academic lecture at a psychology congress on grounds of the speakers’ research on healing homosexuality.

Freedom of Expression Hate Incident

International Social Survey Program Finds Intolerance Against Christians in Turkey

December 1, 2009, Turkey

The International Social Survey Program - a 45-nation academic group - finds that nearly 40 percent of population has negative view of Christians. 49 percent of those surveyed said they would either "absolutely" or "most likely" not support a political party that accepted people from another religion. No non-Muslim religious gathering in Turkey is completely "risk free."

Negative Stereotyping

Family Pays Fine for Home Schooling their Children for Religious Reasons

November 27, 2009, Germany

A couple from northern Hessen (Germany) had to pay a fine to the extent of 120 € for taking their children out of school for religious reasons. The district Court of Kassel charged the 48-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife with 60 daily rates of 1€ in an appellate decision. In the previous contested judgment of June 2008 they were supposed to go to jail for three months, even though the attorney admitted that the children are well educated.

Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

Hate Crimes Against Christians Up 25%

November 26, 2009, United States

New FBI statistics on hate crimes show a nine percent increase in crimes against religious groups in 2008 and an almost 25 percent increase in reported hate crimes against Catholics.

Hate Crime

EU Commission Demands UK Abolish Religious Freedom Rights

November 24, 2009, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

EU-equal opportunities-commissioner Vladimir Spidla has said that absolutely no exemptions can be allowed in anti-discrimination laws, even for religious conscience. In a letter to the British government, the EU has demanded that Britain abolish laws protecting religious freedom rights with regards to "sexual orientation."

Militant Equality Laws

Left Persists With Plans to Defund Catholic Church

November 24, 2009, Spain

United Left (IU) and Initiative for a Green Catalonia (ICV) proposed an amendment to the National Spanish Budget to deprive the Catholic Church of state funding, remove the tax deduction of volunteer contributions of citizens, and end the benefits on value-added-tax and property tax.

Freedom of Religion

Defamation of Christ in Awareness Ad

November 19, 2009, Italy

The Women’s Telephone Association of Milan launched an awareness campaign on violence against women featuring a semi-nude woman in the position of the crucifixion, with the slogan: “Who pays for the sins of men?”

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Protestant Chapel Set on Fire

November 16, 2009, Germany

Chapel set on fire in the night from November 15th to 16th in Over (Hamburg). Damage caused is estimated over 100,000 Euros.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

(Scotland) Christian References Removed from Christmas

November 13, 2009, United Kingdom

Scotland town eliminated all references to Christmas, an address by a Christian minister, and the traditional nativity from its annual holiday celebration.

Freedom of Expression Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Militant Equality Laws

Boys Knifed and Beaten as They Offer Christian Flyers

November 12, 2009, United Kingdom

Police investigating the brutal assault of two teenage boys in Canterbury in November who say they may have been attacked because they were delivering Christian leaflets.

Hate Crime

Taxpayer-Funded Play Offends Christians

November 5, 2009, United Kingdom

Scottish gay/transsexual festival "Glasgay!" featured the play "Jesus, Queen of Heaven" in which Jesus is a transsexual woman. Taxpayer money involved. Christian protestors named "homophobic".

Desecration Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Christian Woman Investigated by Police on Grounds of Her Views

November 2, 2009, United Kingdom

Christian woman of Norwich complained about a gay pride march in letter to police upon which she was investigated on hate crime.

Freedom of Expression Militant Equality Laws

Judge Suspended and Fined for Delaying Adoption in a case of Homosexual Parents

October 30, 2009, Spain

Judge Fernando Calamita sentenced to 10 years of occupational ban and fined for delaying the adoption of a little girl by the lesbian partner of her mother as a form of conscientious objection.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience

Orthodox Priest Beaten

October 30, 2009, Germany

Aleksejs Ribakovs, Orthodox Priest, was beaten and forced to move to another city to protect his family. One of the suspects was caught and identified as a young Muslim who proclaimed to hate Christians.

Freedom of Religion Hate Crime Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Prayers No Longer Said To Begin Somerset Council Meetings

October 30, 2009, United Kingdom

A Somerset Parish Council ended a 115-year tradition of saying Christian prayers at the beginning of its meeting after receiving a complaint.

Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Church Silenced Over Muslim Neighbor's Noise Complaint

October 28, 2009, United Kingdom

A church in London has seen congregation numbers dwindle from 100 to 30 since the local council subjected it to noise restrictions following a complaint from a Muslim neighbour.

Freedom of Religion

Poll indicates Intolerance Against Christians Living in Turkey

October 25, 2009, Turkey

A large percentage of Turkish residents report that Christians are unwelcome in both the public and private sectors.

Equality Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

(/Italy) European Court of Human Rights Violates Freedom of Religion

October 20, 2009, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

Professor Luigi Lombardi Vallauri's teaching contract was not prolonged by the Catholic University of Milano after he taught things like the gospel was the “most frightening message ever made known to mankind” and that “Jesus was through and through a bad human being”. On October 20th, the Court ruled that this was a violation of his freedom of opinion.

Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Physical Assault Against Catholics

October 10, 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Catholics were stoned while participating to a Mass at the cemetery chapel of Donji Vajuf.

Hate Crime

Pornographic Images Placed in Hymnal and Books Damaged in Church

October 5, 2009, Austria

Unknown perpetrators placed several pornographic images in the hymnal books of two Tyrolean Churches, and glued various Jewish and Nazi symbols on the front cover.

Hate Incident Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Vandalized in Saint-Brieuc

October 3, 2009, France

The church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Siant-Brieux (Côtes d’Armor) was targeted by vandals on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Chairs were broken and thrown to the ground, trash was spread in the church and stain glass windows were broken by throwing stones and chairs at them.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Left Wing Radicals Throw Pro-Life Symbols Into River

October 1, 2009, Germany

Large white crosses carried by pro life manifestations through the city of Berlin. Several of the crosses were stolen by members of left wing associations and were thrown into a nearby river.

Hate Incident Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

15 Graves Vandalized in Châteauroux

September 27, 2009, France

About 15 graves were vandalized in the cemetery of Cré near Châteauroux (Indre). Headstones were tipped or broken and funeral ornaments were wrecked.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Military Cemetery of Nompatelize Vandalized

September 26, 2009, France

Vandals broke or extracted numerous white crosses of the military cemetery of Nompatelize (Vosges). The Maire of Nompatelize, Didier Barret, furious, says: “What distinguishes men from animals is the respect for the dead. Those who did this are stupid, I don’t even know if they were aware of their actions. I wish they will once know the price of the blood shed for their peace and freedom.”

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Christian Cemetery Desecrated in Istanbul

September 22, 2009, Turkey

Large-scale vandalism of a Christian cemetery recalls decades of suffering by Orthodox Christians in Turkey.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Catholic Nun Insulted in Tuzla.

September 21, 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A group of Catholic nuns were openly insulted in Tuzla on August 21st, 2009.

Freedom of Religion Hate Incident

Church of Halluin Vandalized

September 17, 2009, France

On Thursday, September 17th, 2009, in the evening, a man entered the church of Saint-Hilaire to vandalize the statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue fell on the ground and broke into pieces.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

In Angers at the Festival Accroche-Coeur the Church is Mocked and the Population is Scandalized

September 13, 2009, France

On September 11th, 12th and 13th was set in the French town of Angers the 11th annual Festival of the Accroche-Coeur. Its theme was “Angels and Demons”, a theme which led to half-naked angels and demons parades, erotic shows and short plays imitating and fooling a Catholic Mass. The Christian Democratic Party said he was “deeply shocked” by the erotic displays; the mayor himself, Jean-Claude Antonini left the show without giving his final speech.

Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Anti-Christian Slogans at Anti-Life Demonstration

September 12, 2009, Austria

Anti-Christian slogans such as “There is no God” and “If Mary had had an abortion, we would have been spared from you!” shouted at anti-life demo in Vienna.

Defamation Insult or Incitement

South Wales Church Damaged by Vandals

September 10, 2009, United Kingdom

A Christian church in South Wales was targeted by vandals who smashed its newly restored stained glass windows. Worshippers were forced to cancel services in order to fix damages.

Desecration Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

70 Graves Wrecked near Dunkerque

September 7, 2009, France

70 graves were wrecked in the cemetery of Coudekerque-Branche. Memorial plaques, funeral ornaments and urns were found broken into pieces and laying on the ground. Rocks were also thrown on numerous graves, thus damaging them. David Bailleul, the mayor of Coudekerque-Branche, condems these “obnoxious, unacceptable and scandalous acts”.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Charity Drops ‘Church’ Name to Get Public Funding

August 29, 2009, United Kingdom

A charity in Scotland decided to drop the word ‘church’ from its title, saying that it creates “unnecessary barriers” to accessing public funding. The chairman of Perth-based Churches Action for the Homeless (CATH) said he had been told “off the record” that their perceived religious identity made it more difficult for them to receive grants. Trustees asked the charity’s supporters to suggest a new “fully inclusive” name for the group.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)

10.000€ of Damage in Church of Juniville (Ardennes)

August 28, 2009, France

In July and in August 2009, the church of Juniville was targeted several times by vandals who broke stained glass windows by throwing rocks at them. The costs of the fixing was estimated at about 10 000€.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Targeted by Vandals in Communay

August 26, 2009, France

The Xth century church of Communay was targeted by vandals during the night of August, 24th, 2009. Two crosses were unhooked and thrown to the ground. Candals and singing books were found all over the church and flower pots were thrown against a stain-glass window.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Vandalised in Maubeuge

August 26, 2009, France

The church of the Sacred-Heart of Maubeuge was the target of degradations. A parishioner put an and to the damage when he entered the church at approximately 6:30 p.m., thus putting to flight three young men. The three had left a devotional note to Allah.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Mobbing of Christians at Islamic School

August 18, 2009, Netherlands

Christians treated as second class teachers; pupils taught that “Christianity would be abolished in the end, all other religions would disappear and everybody will convert to Islam” at school in Amsterdam, and that “only Muslims can after all be good people.”

Insult or Incitement

Christian Family Called Names and Spat on

August 15, 2009, United Kingdom

Harrassed Christian family sends report to the observatory

Insult or Incitement

Manchester Street Preacher Questioned by Police

August 15, 2009, United Kingdom

Freedom of speech is being challenged in the case of Miguel Hayworth, a Christian street preacher in Manchester, UK who was silenced by police after publicly reading a passage from the Bible discussing homosexuality.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

(Scotland) Bible Defaced In Art Exhibition

August 11, 2009, United Kingdom

Obscene and offensive messages have been scrawled over a Bible at a taxpayer-funded exhibition in Glasgow.

Desecration Intolerance towards Religious Symbols