Italians Upset Over Judge's Ruling to Remove Crucifix from Schools

November 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the influx of foreigners in recent years, many of them Muslim, is rapidly changing the cultural makeup of this Roman Catholic country [Italy]...Italians were outraged when a judge ruled that crosses should be removed from classroom walls out of respect for Muslim pupils. In the normally quiet town of Ofena in central Italy, parents held a 'hands off our crucifix' vigil outside the elementary school in question. The Education Ministry managed to win a temporary injunction against taking down the crosses pending a hearing next week."