CRUCIFIX IN SCHOOLS: DALLA TORRE ON THE SENTENCE OF THE STRASBOURG COURT, "FAULTY REASONING"

"The crucifix is a passive symbol and the claims that people may feel compelled by it to profess a faith are based on a ‘faulty reasoning’ since no one is compelled in conscience", said the rector of LUMSA Giuseppe Dalla Torre interviewed by the SIR. Commenting on the sentence issued by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, following an appeal lodged by an Italian national who claimed "the display of the crucifix in classrooms was contrary to parents’ right to educate their children in line with their convictions and to the children’s right to religious freedom", Dalla Torre explained: "the crucifix is more an expression of our identity and culture than a religious symbol". "We need elements that can preserve the unity of our society built on traditional and fundamental values. This very reasoning lies behind a number of decisions taken by Italian judges that seem quite consistent to me", explained the rector of LUMSA. "If the crucifix is not above all a cultural symbol – and therefore not compelling to anyone – we should remove all the crosses from our roads and squares, which will be quite absurd". (continued)  

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