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Christian Arrested for Distributing Bible Quotes

September 1, 2006, United Kingdom

Stephen Green, 55, national director of the evangelical organization Christian Voice, Christian Arrested for Distributing Bible Quotes Opposing Homosexuality in South Wales, UK.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Parish Vandalized in Valencia

August 31, 2006, Spain

The parish Asunción de Nuestra Señora, located in the Benimaclet neighborhood of Valencia, was vandalized and the walls painted with anti-Christian messages and images. The parish priest Juan Luis Orquín pointed out that anarchists and gays group have been attacking the Church on regular basis. The priest added that local authorities have not taken any measure to reduce the harassment and the threat to the church. The local newspaper El Levante reported that before the arrival of Benedict XVI to Valencia, a fire was started at the parish doors and the damage caused is still visible.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Anti-Christian Parade and Art Exhibit During Catholic World Family Forum in Valencia

June 30, 2006, Spain

On June 24th a LGBT parade targeted Valencia Cathedral where a priestly ordination mass was taking place. Protesters, holding anti-Christian signs and dressed in profane attire, were joined by the Secretary of Social Affairs, Pedro Zerolo. During the same days, an art exhibit was hosted at the University of Valencia. In order to mock the Catholic Church and sacred art, icons were used for profane images.

Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

Fire-raising on Catholic School and Chapel

June 23, 2006, France

Fire-raising on Catholic School and Chapel in Montpellier, France.

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

Christian Symbol Forbidden to Students

June 1, 2006, United Kingdom

Students Barred From Wearing Christian Chastity Symbol in Millais School, West Sussex; UK.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

High-Ranking Politician Disregards Agreement with the Vatican

May 31, 2006, Spain

The Secretary of the State Department of Communications, Fernando Moraleda, declared that the Government will "not pay more attention to the catechism than to the [official] program". Moraleda´s statement came right after the Pope Benedict XVI requested the teaching of religion in the schools be conducted in similar conditions to other subjects and as it has been agreed to in an international treaty signed by Spain and the Vatican. These agreements are mandatory law for Spain. "The Government has a program and it cannot pay attention to the catechism", Moraleda added.

Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

Crucifixes and Religious Symbols Removed from San Juan de la Cruz School in Jaen

May 31, 2006, Spain

After receiving a formal claim from the Ombudsman Jose Chamizo, the Council of Andalucia requested the Department of Education to remove crucifixes and other religious symbols from San Juan de la Cruz of Baeza school in Jaén. According to the media, only one parent had complaint to the Ombudsman to remove the crucifixes displayed in the classrooms.

Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Anti-Christian Controversy About a Catholic Becoming Equality Minister

May 9, 2006, United Kingdom

Ruth Kelly, a devout Roman Catholic was made Minister for Women and Equality. Gay rights campaigners reacted with disbelief and stirred up a worrying debate whether a Catholic was fit for such a government position.

Defamation Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience

Anti-abortion Campaigner Jailed

May 1, 2006, United Kingdom

Anti-abortion campaigner jailed for sending abortion photo and video to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK. He was subsequently denied urgently needed hip treatment.

Freedom of Expression

(MTV) Cartoon Demeans Vatican

May 1, 2006, International

MTV Cartoon Series Popetown demeans and ridicules Vatican.

Defamation Negative Stereotyping

Christian Church Leader Imprisoned for Organizing Bible Study

March 30, 2006, Belarus

Sergei Shavtsov was arrested and jailed for 10 days for organizing a meeting on Christian history and Bible issues without an official permit.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Christian Couple Interrogated on Their Christian Convictions

March 19, 2006, United Kingdom

The retired couple Joe and Helen Roberts were interrogated by police officers after they complained about their local council's gay rights policy on the grounds of their Christian belief that homosexual practices are morally wrong.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Painting Ridicules Catholic Solemn Service In Saint-Armand-Montrond

March 16, 2006, France

A painting by Amador Castaner which was displayed for the wine fair of Saint-Amand-Montrond (Cher) angried parish priest Jean-François Breton and the inhabitants. In a scene of holy mass, the people’s cheeks were reddened by drinks and they were waiting for more – namely to receive the blood of Christ (the wine). A woman kneeling at the foot of a priest offered him a rather bald chest. The offending paiting was finally masked.

Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Woman Beaten Up - Accused of ‘Christianizing’ Muslim Girl

March 8, 2006, Turkey

A Muslim woman was attacked and beaten in her shop. The attacker accused the woman of “Christianizing” his daughter. The perpetrator was arrested and was tried on charges of willful infliction of injury. He was punished with a fine.

Hate Crime

War Memorial Cross Removed

March 1, 2006, Netherlands

War Memorial Cross was removed in Baarsjesweg, Amsterdam, after Moslems in the neighborhood said that it “disturbed” them. After protests of war veterans it was subsequently reinstalled.

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

Christian TV-Spot Forbidden

March 1, 2006, Switzerland

Christian media agency CAT is forbidden to show a TV-Spot for advertising their magazine, Baden, Switzerland

Equality

Muslim Anti-Christian Protest – Scary Images

March 1, 2006, United Kingdom

Muslim anti-Christian protest took place in London in front of several European embassies and is portrayed on photos which were taken during a demonstration against the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

Defamation Hate Crime

Christian Women Attacked in Serbia

February 15, 2006, Serbia

On 15 February, a man locked two female devotees inside a building near Belgrade. He then started destroying their religious literature and attempted to drag them into the cellar. One of the two victims managed to escape and subsequently called the police, who rescued the other.

Hate Incident Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Sculpture Presents Christ with a Missile

February 10, 2006, Spain

Sculpture shows Christ with a Missile instructing Second World War German soldiers in Ferran Cano Art Gallery in Madrid.

Defamation

Catholic Priest Shot Dead in Trazbon

February 5, 2006, Turkey

In the northern city of Trabzon, a 61-year-old Catholic priest was shot dead while praying in his church. The 16-year-old perpetrator, who was arrested shortly after the shooting, shouted a religious slogan to justify his actions, and allegedly made a confession to the police that indicated the religious motivation behind the attack. The killing was strongly and publicly condemned by the government, including by the interior minister.

Hate Crime

Jesus Ridiculed in Music Clip

February 1, 2006, Spain

Jesus Christ is ridiculed in a Musical Video Clip on TV Channel Telecinco and the Internet

Defamation

(TV) South Park “Bloody Mary” Episode

February 1, 2006, International

An episode of the cartoon series “South Park” shows irreverent treatment of Catholic symbols.

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

State TV Censures Critical Comment

February 1, 2006, Austria

Austrian public broadcast ORF deletes a polite comment from an online debate which criticises the mainstream. Vienna, Austria.

Equality Freedom of Expression

Major Wears a Bishop Costume and Mocks Blessings During Carnival Parade

January 25, 2006, Spain

The major of San Sebastian, the socialist Odón Elorza, wore a religious costume for a pagan festivity. The media reported that during the Carnival, Erloza, dressed as a bishop along with three men dressed in female tennis cloth, preceded the parade. Erloza made the sign of the cross imitating the Catholic ritual "blessing" the attendance.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Government Officials Threat to Boycott Spanish Budget to Defund Catholic Church

January 16, 2006, Spain

Members of the socialist party said that they would vote against the National Spanish Budget as long as the government continues the provision of funds to the Catholic Church. During an interview broadcast by the media Ser, MP Victorino Mayoral, a socialist representative, claimed that the Catholic Church funding is "dubious, not to mention unconstitutional". Mayoral says that the secular government of Spain cannot afford the funding of a religious organizations that "revives Franco's times“.

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

MSP Patrick Harvie Reports Archbishop to the Police for Defending Marriage

January 13, 2006, United Kingdom

Member of the Scottish Parliament asked Strathclyde Police to investigate remarks made by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow. The Archbishop had defended the institution of marriage in a church service.

Defamation Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Crucifixion Ridiculed by Popstar

January 1, 2006, International

Popstar Madonna ridicules the crucifiction on tour in Europe

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

BBC Spreads Negative Image of Jesus

January 1, 2006, International

BBC spreads negative image of Jesus by Series on “The Miracles of Jesus”

Negative Stereotyping

Religious Persecution Through Bureaucratic Obstacles

January 1, 2006, Russia

(ongoing) Visa difficulties for religious personel; police failure to protect the faithful; administrational obstacles prevent religious services.

Equality Freedom of Religion

Several Cases of Discrimination of and Violence against Christians

January 1, 2006, Turkey

(2000-2006) Several instances recorded. Christians faced violence including murders, threats, vandalisations and administrational difficulties.

Equality Freedom of Religion Hate Crime

No Reference to God or Christianity in EU Constitution

January 1, 2006, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

(2003 - 2006) Reference to God or Christianity in EU Constitution denied despite 1 million individual signatures as well as 50 million signatures through organisiational affiliation.

Equality

Christian Girls Forced to Attend LGBT Assembly

December 30, 2005, United Kingdom

A group of Christian Year Nine girls at a school in Stoke Newington were forced to remain in an ‘LGBT History Month – assembly’ despite their parents’ wishes that they should not attend. Parents with objections to Christian assemblies are permitted to withdraw their children. Teachers are also permitted to opt out.

Militant Equality Laws Rights of Parents

Labor Union Representative Requests the Removal of a Nativity from a Public Building


December 23, 2005, Spain

The Secretary of the Labor Union requested in a written statement the immediate removal of a nativity that has been displayed in the hall of the Council of Education building. The petition was grounded in Article 16 of the Spanish Constitution, which establishes that no creed has official character. Spain has signed many international agreements that guarantee freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Family Campaigner Interrogated

December 1, 2005, United Kingdom

Family campaigner Lynette Burrows interrogated after radio statement in London.

Freedom of Expression Militant Equality Laws

Satanic Logo of Clothes Production Company

December 1, 2005, Sweden

A clothes production company in Stockholm comes out with a satanic logo as active statement against Christianity.

Defamation

(Internet) Video Glorifies Violence Against Christians

December 1, 2005, International

Animated video glorifies violence against pro-life Christians on Planned Parenthood website.

Hate Crime Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Mockery of Crown of Thorns by Spanish Politicians

December 1, 2005, Spain

A group of Catalan politicians joked about the Passion of Christ in an Official Visit to Israel by taking photographs with a crown of thorns.

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Catholic Church Targeted by Government Representatives

July 18, 2005, Spain

The Spanish Socialist Youth political wing (JSE) has requested the government to appoint a commission to review the agreements between Spain and the Holy See. The JSE General Secretary and speaker, Herick Campos, emphasized the need to put the Catholic Church "in its place, without any privileges because the Catholic hierarchy has abused of its condition of majority to influence government affairs, specially in issues related to education and finance".

Freedom of Religion

Spanish Officer Considers Catholic Teaching on Sexuality a Case of "Bad Education"

June 30, 2005, Spain

The official speaker for the PSOE on issues related to Education, Adolfo Navarro, has requested the intervention of the Education Council to reprimand another case of "bad education". The complaint submitted by Navarro refers to some material facilitated by the Ethics Professor of two students from Colegio de Jesus who requested it. The material contains traditional Catholic teachings on sexuality. Navarro says the material "only promotes homophobia and ignorance".

Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

Spanish Minister of Justice Call to End the Privileges of the Catholic Church and Accused It of Supporting Fascism

June 29, 2005, Spain

The Spanish Minister of Justice, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, called to end any state funding of the Catholic Church. According to this high official the Church enjoyed privileges that had their origin in the times where the Catholic creed was the only "official" religion. López Aguilar stated that the Catholic Church was in favour of the Spanish Civil War, and held strong relations with the Franquists.

Negative Stereotyping

Calvinist University Sued for Dismissing Student Involved in Homosexual Promotion

June 15, 2005, Hungary

Karoli Gaspar Calvinist University in Budapest was sued by the Hatter Support Group for Gays and Lesbians after the University had dismissed a student who was involved in promotion of homosexuality. The university declared that the religious school cannot let, conduct and promote homosexuality, because it is against its morals, beliefs and the way of teaching.

Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Notre Dame Cathedral Seized, Priest Hurt, Gay Mock Wedding Performed

June 5, 2005, France

On Sunday June 5th, priest Monsignor Patrick Jacquin was hurt in Notre Dame Cathedral when about twenty members of the association ‘Act Up’ burst into the cathedral, defying the security personnel, in order to perform a mock marriage of two lesbians.

Defamation Freedom of Religion

Conscientious Objection Denied to Public Servants

April 28, 2005, Spain

The Superior Tribunal of Madrid ruled against the right to conscientious objection to registry officers who requested to be exempted, and/or replaced by a colleague, in cases of same-sex marriage. The Tribunal understands that public servants swear full obedience to the law and are to abide by it. "The absolute submission to the law cannot be dismissed nor justified in any case, mostly when a private belief is at stake" confirmed the Tribunal.

Freedom of Conscience Militant Equality Laws

Converts to Christianity Assaulted

February 1, 2005, United Kingdom

Convert family from Islam to Christianity assaulted in Bradford.

Hate Crime

Spanish Officer Calls the Catholic Church a "Public Enemy"

January 30, 2005, Spain

The former Spanish ambassador to the Holy See, Gonzalo Puente Ojea, affirmed that the Catholic Church is a public enemy nowadays. In the view of Puente Ojea, the Church is used to a privilege treatment and its bellicose tone towards the Spanish government is part of a power game.

Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

Member of Parliament Sued for "Homophobic Insults"

January 26, 2005, France

French member of parliament, Christian Vanneste, sentenced to payments for "homophobic insults"; three years later acquitted by last juridical instance.

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Christianophobic Opera Aired on BBC

January 8, 2005, International

“Jerry Springer the Opera” was screened by the BBC on January 8th and attracted a record number of complaints of over 55,000 from the public as it contained contemptuous, scurrilous and ludicrous references to the Christian Faith.

Defamation

European Parliament Declines Plegded Support of € 1,5 Million for World Youth Day

December 15, 2004, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

On December 15th 2004 the European Union rejected funding for the upcoming 2005 World Youth Day (WYD) during the second reading of the 2005 budget.

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)

TV Gag against Christian Symbols

December 1, 2004, Spain

TV Channel Canal Plus Gag "How to Cook a Crucifix" demeans Christian Symbols.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Negative Stereotyping

High Government Official Recommends Catholic School to Remove Crucifixes and Avoid Prayers

November 27, 2004, Spain

The inspector recommended to a Catholic school to remove crucifixes and other religious symbols from the classrooms as well as ceasing morning prayers and other expressions of faith.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Rights of Parents