Saturday, February 23, 2008

Judge jailed over refusing courtroom crucifix

We read:

"An Italian judge was sentenced today to a year in prison for refusing to sit in a courtroom with a crucifix on the wall, his lawyer said.

"I am disappointed by this decision," lawyer Dario Visconti said, adding that Judge Luigi Tosti would appeal the ruling, which also bars Tosti from serving for a year.

"Taking away crucifixes is not a way of offending Christians but only to make the courts truly neutral and secular," Mr Visconti said.


What harm is done by acknowledging Italy's immense Christian heritage and influence?