Navigation

Skiplink Navigation

Main Features

Petition calls for crucifixes in public

Those in favour of keeping crucifixes on display in public buildings have filed a petition in Lucerne.

The petition, signed by 11,976 people and submitted on Tuesday, states that both crucifixes and crosses should be allowed to hang in schools as well as in other public buildings.










It was launched in late October as a reaction to recent disputes in cantons Lucerne and Valais. According to the organising committee, banning the religious symbol would be a sign of intolerance.

Some 60 per cent of the signatures were from canton Lucerne and the petition was filed with the government there.

A teacher in canton Valais was recently fired after he removed crucifixes from the classrooms that he taught in.

Meanwhile, a father in canton Lucerne asked that crosses be removed from a primary school; the school obliged.

In 1990, the Federal Court ruled that crucifixes were contrary to religious neutrality. However, many Swiss classrooms keep one on display and they are a common sight on roadsides in Catholic areas.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


Links

Neuer Inhalt

Horizontal Line


swissinfo EN

The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

Join us on Facebook!

subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.







Click here to see more newsletters