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(TV) South Park “Bloody Mary” Episode

February 1, 2006, International

An episode of the cartoon series “South Park” shows irreverent treatment of Catholic symbols.

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

State TV Censures Critical Comment

February 1, 2006, Austria

Austrian public broadcast ORF deletes a polite comment from an online debate which criticises the mainstream. Vienna, Austria.

Equality Freedom of Expression

Major Wears a Bishop Costume and Mocks Blessings During Carnival Parade

January 25, 2006, Spain

The major of San Sebastian, the socialist Odón Elorza, wore a religious costume for a pagan festivity. The media reported that during the Carnival, Erloza, dressed as a bishop along with three men dressed in female tennis cloth, preceded the parade. Erloza made the sign of the cross imitating the Catholic ritual "blessing" the attendance.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Government Officials Threat to Boycott Spanish Budget to Defund Catholic Church

January 16, 2006, Spain

Members of the socialist party said that they would vote against the National Spanish Budget as long as the government continues the provision of funds to the Catholic Church. During an interview broadcast by the media Ser, MP Victorino Mayoral, a socialist representative, claimed that the Catholic Church funding is "dubious, not to mention unconstitutional". Mayoral says that the secular government of Spain cannot afford the funding of a religious organizations that "revives Franco's times“.

Equality Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

MSP Patrick Harvie Reports Archbishop to the Police for Defending Marriage

January 13, 2006, United Kingdom

Member of the Scottish Parliament asked Strathclyde Police to investigate remarks made by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow. The Archbishop had defended the institution of marriage in a church service.

Defamation Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion

Crucifixion Ridiculed by Popstar

January 1, 2006, International

Popstar Madonna ridicules the crucifiction on tour in Europe

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

BBC Spreads Negative Image of Jesus

January 1, 2006, International

BBC spreads negative image of Jesus by Series on “The Miracles of Jesus”

Negative Stereotyping

Religious Persecution Through Bureaucratic Obstacles

January 1, 2006, Russia

(ongoing) Visa difficulties for religious personel; police failure to protect the faithful; administrational obstacles prevent religious services.

Equality Freedom of Religion

Several Cases of Discrimination of and Violence against Christians

January 1, 2006, Turkey

(2000-2006) Several instances recorded. Christians faced violence including murders, threats, vandalisations and administrational difficulties.

Equality Freedom of Religion Hate Crime

No Reference to God or Christianity in EU Constitution

January 1, 2006, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

(2003 - 2006) Reference to God or Christianity in EU Constitution denied despite 1 million individual signatures as well as 50 million signatures through organisiational affiliation.

Equality

Christian Girls Forced to Attend LGBT Assembly

December 30, 2005, United Kingdom

A group of Christian Year Nine girls at a school in Stoke Newington were forced to remain in an ‘LGBT History Month – assembly’ despite their parents’ wishes that they should not attend. Parents with objections to Christian assemblies are permitted to withdraw their children. Teachers are also permitted to opt out.

Militant Equality Laws Rights of Parents

Labor Union Representative Requests the Removal of a Nativity from a Public Building


December 23, 2005, Spain

The Secretary of the Labor Union requested in a written statement the immediate removal of a nativity that has been displayed in the hall of the Council of Education building. The petition was grounded in Article 16 of the Spanish Constitution, which establishes that no creed has official character. Spain has signed many international agreements that guarantee freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.

Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Family Campaigner Interrogated

December 1, 2005, United Kingdom

Family campaigner Lynette Burrows interrogated after radio statement in London.

Freedom of Expression Militant Equality Laws

Satanic Logo of Clothes Production Company

December 1, 2005, Sweden

A clothes production company in Stockholm comes out with a satanic logo as active statement against Christianity.

Defamation

(Internet) Video Glorifies Violence Against Christians

December 1, 2005, International

Animated video glorifies violence against pro-life Christians on Planned Parenthood website.

Hate Crime Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Mockery of Crown of Thorns by Spanish Politicians

December 1, 2005, Spain

A group of Catalan politicians joked about the Passion of Christ in an Official Visit to Israel by taking photographs with a crown of thorns.

Defamation Intolerance towards Religious Symbols

Catholic Church Targeted by Government Representatives

July 18, 2005, Spain

The Spanish Socialist Youth political wing (JSE) has requested the government to appoint a commission to review the agreements between Spain and the Holy See. The JSE General Secretary and speaker, Herick Campos, emphasized the need to put the Catholic Church "in its place, without any privileges because the Catholic hierarchy has abused of its condition of majority to influence government affairs, specially in issues related to education and finance".

Freedom of Religion

Spanish Officer Considers Catholic Teaching on Sexuality a Case of "Bad Education"

June 30, 2005, Spain

The official speaker for the PSOE on issues related to Education, Adolfo Navarro, has requested the intervention of the Education Council to reprimand another case of "bad education". The complaint submitted by Navarro refers to some material facilitated by the Ethics Professor of two students from Colegio de Jesus who requested it. The material contains traditional Catholic teachings on sexuality. Navarro says the material "only promotes homophobia and ignorance".

Freedom of Religion Negative Stereotyping

Spanish Minister of Justice Call to End the Privileges of the Catholic Church and Accused It of Supporting Fascism

June 29, 2005, Spain

The Spanish Minister of Justice, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, called to end any state funding of the Catholic Church. According to this high official the Church enjoyed privileges that had their origin in the times where the Catholic creed was the only "official" religion. López Aguilar stated that the Catholic Church was in favour of the Spanish Civil War, and held strong relations with the Franquists.

Negative Stereotyping

Calvinist University Sued for Dismissing Student Involved in Homosexual Promotion

June 15, 2005, Hungary

Karoli Gaspar Calvinist University in Budapest was sued by the Hatter Support Group for Gays and Lesbians after the University had dismissed a student who was involved in promotion of homosexuality. The university declared that the religious school cannot let, conduct and promote homosexuality, because it is against its morals, beliefs and the way of teaching.

Freedom of Religion Militant Equality Laws