Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Religious rights doublethink

European establishment voices have been united in anger and indignation at the Swiss ban on new minarets. Talk has been of the Swiss breaching religious freedom as set out in the European Human Rights Convention and of taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg. The secretary general of The Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has suggested that a case may be made to seek a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights condemning Switzerland for violating freedom of expression, freedom of religion and prohibition of discrimination. Did I miss something? This is the same European Court of Human Rights which only last month ruled that crucifixes should be removed from classrooms in Italy. Not only was there no talk then among the European political class of breaching the religious freedom of expression of the Italian people, the European Court ruled decisively against their right to it. This blatant and dangerous case of doublethink by Europe's ruling elite shows that the only rights to 'religious freedom' they see fit to defend are those which seek to directly attack Europe's Christian heritage or are in line with their agenda to eradicate Christian culture in Europe.

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