Could the Italian ruling mean no nativity plays in Britain this year?
Barrister Neil Addison has written extensively about the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the crucifix over on his blog. He believes that the ruling may have implications for Britain.
“As several press articles on the case have pointed out the court did not expressly order the school to remove its crucifix but this is because the court does not have the power to make such orders what it does do is find a violation of the convention and then the Italian government has to report back to the Council of Europe exactly what it proposes to do in order to impliment the ruling which in this case will mean removing crucifixes from the classrooms, courts public buildings etc. In the UK because of s2 of the Human Rights Act the ruling has effect as a binding precedent in UK law and I suspect we will shortly be hearing about public displays of Christmas decorations being removed, School nativity plays being banned etc by local authorities who will say they are acting in accordance with this court ruling.