David Quinn: The European Court of Human Rights is part of an aggressive and belligerent drive towards secularism
Published 06/11/2009 | 05:00
The decision by the European Court of Human Rights to order Italy to remove crucifixes from the walls of its state schools was an act of grotesque hypocrisy.
The court justified its decision on the grounds that parents have a right to educate their children in the ethos of their choice, and that people have a right to freedom of religion. It said that putting crosses on the walls of state classrooms violates both.
The decision might be remotely justifiable if the court really believed in educational choice or in religious freedom, but, in practice, it believes in neither. Instead, the decision was motivated by an anti-religious animus, pure and simple.