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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