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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

Vandalism in Bushat, Shkodër

December 31, 2009, Albania

Violation of the Catholic Cemetery; desecration of graves, as well as, the demolition of a cross in Bushat, Shkodër, were reported. Police did not apprehend the perpetrators.

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

Countless Numbers of Desecrations in 2009

December 31, 2009, France

Countless Christian Churches and cemeteries desecrated and vandalized in 2009. Find here a selected overview.

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

Graffiti on Church Buildings

December 31, 2009, Liechtenstein

Graffiti on several church buildings, presumably by satanic groups: Two incidents were reported to the police in 2008, one in 2009.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Hate Crimes Against Christians 2009

December 31, 2009, Russia

Find here a list of cases for the year 2009 which was brought to our attention .

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

Polish Catholic Magazine Fined for Anti-Abortion Editorial

December 31, 2009, Poland

In 2009 the Roman Catholic Polish magazine, Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor) was fined nearly €25,000 for an anti-abortion editorial.

Freedom of Expression

Churches and Cemeteries Vandalized

December 27, 2009, Lithuania

In 2008 and 2009 several isolation cases of vandalizing of churches took place in various parts of Lithuania. These cases include on breaking into churches and vandalizing cemeteries, presumably by satanic groups. Some cases were reported to the police.

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

Hooliganism and Murder of Orthodox Priest in Russian Podolsk District

December 22, 2009, Russia

The orthodox archpriest was shot dead by criminals after he admonished them for hooliganism. The killers came to the church and defecated in the hallway. The priest asked them to stop their acting and was shot to death.

Hate Crime

Christmas Wordings Substituted

December 21, 2009, Switzerland

Christmas wordings were substituted by non-religious phrases on countless occasions. Phrases range from “seasonal greetings” to “may your celebration be under a good star” to "white seasons songs" in all European countries. A very interesting report has reached us from an employee of a global corporation based in Switzerland.

Equality Intolerance towards Religious Symbols