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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