Italy fights for crucifixes in classrooms

Italy will fight Wednesday against a European court ruling that crucifixes in classrooms violate students’ right to freedom of religion.

The European Court of Human Rights found unanimously last November that the display of a particular religious symbol – such as the Christian cross – in a classroom “restricted the right of parents to educate their children in conformity with their convictions, and the right of children to believe or not to believe.”

But the court agreed in January to hear Italy’s appeal. Ten other European governments, dozens of European lawmakers and half a dozen non-governmental organizations have also gotten involved in the appeal.

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