Friday, April 29, 2005

Italian Constitutional Court and Offences to Catholic Religion

The Italian Constitutional Court quashed part of art.403 of the penal code, which stipulates sanctions for offenders of catholic religion. The argument on which this decision is grounded is that the penal code cannot make sanctions against catholic religion any bigger than sanctions against any other religion (To the present day, this was the case as art 406 of the penal code stipulates lesser sanctions, for offenders of other religions). The court based its decision on the twin action of the principles of freedom of religion and non-discrimination.

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