The European Court of Human Rights has overturned a lower court’s decision to outlaw crucifixes in Italy’s public schools. Not only that, the court ruled that Christianity is, in fact, the religious foundation of European civilization, a fact that need not be hidden.
The Grand Chamber ruling. . .recognizes that “human rights must not be placed in opposition to the religious foundations of European civilisation”. rules
The decision is an affirmation of the respect owed to each country of the European Union for “the religious symbols of its cultural history and national identity” and for national decisions on how the symbols can and should be displayed, Fr Lombardi said.
A lack of respect, he said, would lead to a situation in which, “in the name of religious liberty, paradoxically one would limit or even deny this freedom, ending up excluding every expression of it from the public sphere”.
Would that same reasoning apply in the United States of America?