TV preacher Pat Robertson’s international law group hopes to file documents in support of the crucifixes displayed in Italy’s public schools.
In November, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that displaying symbols of the Catholic faith violated students’ religious freedom, a decision that has since been appealed by the Italian government to the Grand Chamber. The five-judge Grand Chamber panel accepted the case on March 2.
Robertson’s group, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), is searching for a way to obtain third-party status to intervene in the case, according to a press statement put out by the group. The ECLJ believes the outcome of the case could reach beyond Italy and impact the other 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
“It is very important in this context that the European court respects the spiritual and moral values on which it is based,” said Dr. Gregor Puppinck, director of the ECLJ. “This decision barring the display of crucifixes in Italian schools is contrary to the European court system’s foundational principles to protect religious freedom and human rights.”