• Lift High the Cross? Lautsi v. Italy in American Perspective

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Law, Religion
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    Establishment Clause, Crosses, Crucifixes, Public display of religion, Law and Religion, Separation of Church and State
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/qsfw-3x50
    Abstract:
    The European Court of Human Rights has just upheld Italy’s policy of displaying crucifixes in its public school classrooms. In Lautsi v. Italy, an atheistic mother of two public school children challenged this policy, in place since 1924. After losing in the Italian courts, she appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that the presence of these crucifixes in public schools violated her and her children’s rights to religious freedom and to a secular education guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. On November 3, 2009, an unanimous seven-judge chamber of the European Court held for Ms. Lautsi. On March 18, 2011, the Grand Chamber reversed, and held 15-2 in favor of Italy.
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