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Conscience Rights of Health Care Workers Violated

July 28, 2010, Spain

Spain’s government is systematically violating the conscience rights of health care workers on abortion, says a group of legal experts that is now taking action to restore those rights.

Freedom of Conscience

Severe Restrictions on Homeschooling

July 28, 2010, Sweden

Sweden’s parliament gave a crushing blow to parental rights passing a law that makes homeschooling legal only in “extraordinary circumstances.” The law excludes religious or philosophical convictions as legitimate reasons for home education.

Rights of Parents

Church of Pouan-les-Vallées Wrecked

July 27, 2010, France

The XIIIth and XVIth century’s church of Saint-Pierre-les-Vallées in Pouan was wrecked in the night of July 26th. An employee noticed the knocked over Cross in the church’s courtyard. As he went to inspect the rest of the church, he saw the disastrous state of the church: crucifixes overturned, glass chandeliers smashed to pieces on the pavement, stations of the Cross burnt, an altar overthrown and the ogive vault overlooking the high altar very damaged.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Wrecked in Limoux

July 24, 2010, France

In the parish Church of Limoux, the chandeliers, the statue and the crucifix which decorated the tabernacle were overthrown and vandalized. They laid on the ground, bent or broken, when the acts were discovered. Behind the altar, the nativity scene and the chapel of the Virgin Mary were wrecked. The church is open continuously, visitors discovered the damage in the beginning of the afternoon and called the police. The police had to close the church for the afternoon but it could be reopened for a scheduled evening concert.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Desecrated in Echillais

July 18, 2010, France

On Monday July 21st, the sacristan of the medieval church of Echillais discovered that the church had be stained, desecrated and that the vandals had probably entered in it with there scooters.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Street Dedicated to Anti-Christian War Criminal

July 7, 2010, Spain

The City of Santa Pau in Girona dedicated a street to the former mayor Joan Pinsach, who commanded the execution of priests in 1936 during the Civil War, as approved by mayor Esther Badosa.

Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Lower House of Irish Government Passes Civil Partnership Bill

July 5, 2010, Ireland

Lead politicians backing the bill refuse to allow a conscience clause; opposition parties claim that the objections of Christians are being ignored.

Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion

Playboy Magazine Displays Photos of Jesus Christ With Topless Models

July 1, 2010, Portugal

Playboy’s Portuguese edition after it publishes photos depicting Jesus Christ among topless Playboy models, allegedly in a tribute to author Jose Sarmago.

Insult or Incitement

100,000 Euro Fine For Christian Broadcaster

July 1, 2010, Spain

Spain's government fined the Christian television network 100,000 euros for running a series of advertisements in favor of the family and opposing homosexual lifestyle.

Equality Freedom of Expression Militant Equality Laws

Police Raid Office of Catholic Church Officials

June 24, 2010, Belgium

Belgian officials search the offices of the Catholic Church in Belgium. The raid has been condemned by the Pope and investigation is underway to determine its lawfulness.

Desecration Equality

English Footballer Prevented From Mentioning Religion

June 17, 2010, International

A Football Association official prevented a prominent footballer for England’s World Cup team from talking about his Christian faith to reporters during a press conference.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Expression

Case Against Turkish Christians Ongoing Despite Lack of Evidence

June 11, 2010, Turkey

Turkish attorneys now in fourth year of prosecuting two Christians for allegedly slandering Islam; despite the lack of any concrete evidence to support their claims, Turkish courts are continuing prosecution.

Equality Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Police Tell Christian that it’s a Crime to Say Homosexuality is a Sin

June 8, 2010, United Kingdom

A moderate Christian preacher, Andy Robertson, was wrongly told by a police officer Gainsborough, Lincolnshire that it is a crime to publicly express the religious belief that homosexual conduct is sinful.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Christianity Marginalised in Religious Education Courses in English Schools

June 6, 2010, United Kingdom

English schools failing to teach pupils about basic Christian beliefs in religious education lessons, according to a new report by education “watchdog”, Ofsted.

Equality Militant Equality Laws Rights of Parents

Catholic Bishop Murdered in Turkey

June 3, 2010, Turkey

Catholic bishop Luigi Padovese was fatally stabbed in his home in Turkey. Driver confessed to the murder, yet motive remains unclear.

Hate Crime

Longstanding Tradition of Army's Corpus Christi Procession Ended

May 31, 2010, Spain

The Corpus Christi procession, a landmark celebration that takes place in Toledo, Spain, every year was modified to comply with a new regulation issued by the Defense State Department. While traditionally the army rendered honors to the Catholic holy symbol the Eucharist (which was granted under a special provision of the Army’s legal code), Carme Chacón, the Minister of Defense, modified the Code to end the long standing tradition of the army’s involvement in the Corpus Christi celebration.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation at the Workplace

May 29, 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 at the workplace with a special focus on the medical profession.

Contractual Freedom Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Militant Equality Laws

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation in the Area of Education

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 education.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Rights of Parents

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation in the Media

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 the media.

Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation with Regard to Hiring Venues

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 hiring venues.

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)