After receiving a letter from Americans United about a church-state violation in November, officials at a Massachusetts public high school have decided to cancel a planned Easter Mass performance by the school choir at a church in Italy.
Religious Right legal groups are all excited over a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights dealing with crucifix displays in public schools in Italy.
The European high court, ruling 15-2, overturned a lower court decision and declared that the crucifixes can stay. They don’t oppress anyone’s rights, the court said, and European nations are entitled to some latitude in dealing with topics such as this.
For years, we’ve heard the Religious Right and its allies assert that the cross is a secular symbol, not a religious one, in order to get around the Constitution and keep Christian displays on public land.
We’ve always thought that argument was pretty ridiculous, but Religious Right activists keep trying. Here’s their latest proposal: a cross is not a religious symbol, it’s a tourist attraction.