Winning the Battle by Losing the War: The Lautsi Case and the Holy Alliance between American Conservative Evangelicals, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican to Reshape European Identity

Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 213-219, 2011

6 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2013 Last revised: 23 Jan 2013

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Pasquale Annicchino

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: January 13, 2013

Abstract

The compulsory display of crucifixes in Italian public schools does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The victory before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the Lautsi judgment of a variegated coalition of actors ranging from the strong alliance between the Vatican and the Italian Government to the Russia of the New Orthodoxy as well as to American Conservative Evangelicals, promises to change our understanding of church-state relationship in Europe and signals the emergence of a ‘new ecumenism’ in which the religious groups of different traditions work together toward common political goals. But was this judgment a real success for the Holy Alliance that successfully overturned the first Lautsi decision? I will argue that the March 2011 decision may result in a pyrrhic victory. The continuous reliance on State support to defend majority religious privileges may endanger, rather than benefit, religious vitality.

Keywords: Lautsi, Holy Alliance, Vatican, Religious Freedom

Suggested Citation

Annicchino, Pasquale, Winning the Battle by Losing the War: The Lautsi Case and the Holy Alliance between American Conservative Evangelicals, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican to Reshape European Identity (January 13, 2013). Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 213-219, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200053

Pasquale Annicchino (Contact Author)

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