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Personal Experiences of Repression of Religious Symbols and Public Prayer

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 religious symbols and prayer in public.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Personal Experiences of Marginalisation in the Area of Adoption and Fostering

May 26, 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 "Adoption and Fostering".

Access to Justice and Legal Services Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Rights of Parents

Christian Cemetery Vandalised

May 14, 2010, France

Acts of vandalism in cemetery target Christian graves in particular.

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

Church Burglarised and Vandalised

May 13, 2010, Switzerland

Unidentified criminals burglarised and vandalised a Catholic church in Switzerland. The act included desecration of the Eucharist and of the Bible.

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

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Vandalised in Salindres

May 13, 2010, France

An unknown individual vandalized the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament of the church of Saint André de Salindres and urinated in the chapel.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Compared to Mafia in European Parliament

May 12, 2010, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

In a meeting on child abuse, European Parliament Platform for Secularism says that Roman Catholic Church is protecting criminals and that its behavior is comparable to that of the Sicilian Mafia.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Street Preacher Arrested for Comment on Homosexuality as a Sin

May 12, 2010, United Kingdom

Street Preacher Dale McAlpine was arrested after stating to a passersby that homosexuality was a sin. After seven hours in a police cell, McAlpine was released. (video footage available!)

Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Several Attacks on Churches Recorded

May 1, 2010, Germany

The renowned daily reports on a noticeable rise in quality and quantity of attacks against Church buildings.

Desecration Freedom of Religion Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Christian Password Cause for Bullying

April 29, 2010, United Kingdom

“In the workplace, just having a Christian related password on my computer, got me into trouble - I was insulted by management. This was the start of ongoing bullying,” says an respondent who wishes to remain anonymous.

Hate Incident Insult or Incitement

28-Year-Old Postal Employee Dismissed For Refusing to Distribute Sex-Flyers

April 21, 2010, Switzerland

The postal worker Emmanuel N. was fired because he refused to distribute erotic flyers on the grounds of his Christian faith.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience

Anti-theist authors call for Pope’s Arrest

April 20, 2010, United Kingdom

Dawkins and Hitchens are accusing Pope Benedict of committing crimes against humanity and calling for his arrest when he sets foot on British soil in the fall.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Negative Stereotyping

Birth Place of Josef Ratzinger Vandalised

April 13, 2010, Germany

In the night of April 13th the birthplace of Josef Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, was vandalised. The house in Marktl am Inn was sprayed on with "insulting contents".

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Magazine Cover Page Blasphemes Image of Christ

April 9, 2010, Germany

German Magazine sparks outrage by portraying profane image mocking Catholic Church and blaspheming image of Christ on the crucifix.

Defamation Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Negative Stereotyping

Parents Arrested After Refusing Their Children's Participation in a Sex Ed Play

April 8, 2010, Germany

Christian parents arrested and imprisoned up to 40 days when they refused to allow their children to participate in a mandatory sexual education program.

Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion Rights of Parents

Church in Nizna Village Vandalised During Easter Holiday

April 6, 2010, Slovakia

Spray-painters tagged the church in the Nižná village with rude writings and fascist signs on April 6, at the time of the most important Christian festivities. The writings were about one meter high in size and in black colour. The vandals also damaged the near-by standing monument. A similar incident had taken place during Christmas the year before.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

New Educational Program Spreads Secularist Ideas: 55.000 Parents Opt Out

April 1, 2010, Spain

375 Christian parents lodge complaint with European Court of Human Rights as the mandatory school curriculum is antithetical to their moral convictions. After five years of public debate and much engagement on the side of the parents, the subject was abolished on Jan 31, 2012.

Freedom of Conscience Rights of Parents

(International) New York Times With Anti-Christian Bias

March 26, 2010, United States

The New York Times set firmly on Pope Benedict in its front page coverage of the fallout of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Poor journalism with anti-Christian bias.

Negative Stereotyping

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