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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