Posted on | May 21, 2010 by Roger Kiska, J.D. |
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) on Wednesday filed a motion for third party intervention in the European Court of Human Rights case of Lautsi v. Italy, more commonly known as the Italian crucifix case. ADF represents 32 Members of European Parliament from 11 different Council of Europe countries in the claim.
The case will be heard on appeal to the Grand Chamber on June 30 in Strasbourg, France. In November, the European Court ordered that all crosses must be removed from Italian public school class rooms. The decision flew in the face of all previous case-law on the issue of education and was made despite the Court having no jurisdiction over the issue of church and state separation in this particular case. ADF argues that Christian symbols have every much right to be in the public square as any other. To forbid Italy in so doing, sends a radical ideological message to Europe regarding the forced implementation of secularism from Strasbourg.