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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

Poll indicates Intolerance Against Christians Living in Turkey

October 25, 2009, Turkey

A large percentage of Turkish residents report that Christians are unwelcome in both the public and private sectors.

Equality Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

(/Italy) European Court of Human Rights Violates Freedom of Religion

October 20, 2009, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

Professor Luigi Lombardi Vallauri's teaching contract was not prolonged by the Catholic University of Milano after he taught things like the gospel was the “most frightening message ever made known to mankind” and that “Jesus was through and through a bad human being”. On October 20th, the Court ruled that this was a violation of his freedom of opinion.

Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws

Physical Assault Against Catholics

October 10, 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Catholics were stoned while participating to a Mass at the cemetery chapel of Donji Vajuf.

Hate Crime

Pornographic Images Placed in Hymnal and Books Damaged in Church

October 5, 2009, Austria

Unknown perpetrators placed several pornographic images in the hymnal books of two Tyrolean Churches, and glued various Jewish and Nazi symbols on the front cover.

Hate Incident Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Church Vandalized in Saint-Brieuc

October 3, 2009, France

The church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Siant-Brieux (Côtes d’Armor) was targeted by vandals on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Chairs were broken and thrown to the ground, trash was spread in the church and stain glass windows were broken by throwing stones and chairs at them.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Left Wing Radicals Throw Pro-Life Symbols Into River

October 1, 2009, Germany

Large white crosses carried by pro life manifestations through the city of Berlin. Several of the crosses were stolen by members of left wing associations and were thrown into a nearby river.

Hate Incident Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

15 Graves Vandalized in Châteauroux

September 27, 2009, France

About 15 graves were vandalized in the cemetery of Cré near Châteauroux (Indre). Headstones were tipped or broken and funeral ornaments were wrecked.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Military Cemetery of Nompatelize Vandalized

September 26, 2009, France

Vandals broke or extracted numerous white crosses of the military cemetery of Nompatelize (Vosges). The Maire of Nompatelize, Didier Barret, furious, says: “What distinguishes men from animals is the respect for the dead. Those who did this are stupid, I don’t even know if they were aware of their actions. I wish they will once know the price of the blood shed for their peace and freedom.”

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Christian Cemetery Desecrated in Istanbul

September 22, 2009, Turkey

Large-scale vandalism of a Christian cemetery recalls decades of suffering by Orthodox Christians in Turkey.

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