European Court Agrees to Hear Italy’s Appeal On Crucifix Ban

March 2, 2010

Author: Heather Smith and Flavia Krause-Jackson

Source: Business Week/Bloomberg

The European Court of Human Rights agreed to hear Italy’s appeal of a ruling that banned crucifixes in state-run schools.

A panel of five judges at the Strasbourg-based court today said it took note of an appeal filed by the Italian government on Jan. 28 and the court’s Grand Chamber “definitively” will rule on the matter, according to an e-mailed statement today.

The court had ruled on Nov. 3 in favor of an Italian mother who complained that crosses were a religious symbol that didn’t belong in state-run classr ooms, violating the way she wanted to raise her two children.