Polish court rules to keep crucifix in parliament

Polish court rules to keep crucifix in parliament

A Polish court has rejected a complaint by non-believing politicians against the presence of a Roman Catholic crucifix in parliament.

Warsaw’s Appeals Court disagreed with the views of some members of the Your Movement party, who said the crucifix violates their rights.

Earlier this year the politicians appealed over a similar verdict by a lower court.

The controversy illustrates a rising tendency in the predominantly Catholic Poland to remove religion and its symbols from public spaces.

In 1997, at night, religious politicians placed the crucifix in the sessions’ hall.

In this way they ended a heated debate on whether it should be placed there as a symbol of Poland’s ousting of communism and return to national, Catholic values. Traditional respect for religion has kept it there.

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