The final version of the controversial judgment has not yet been published – but instead the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has revealed an important new detail of the facts underlying the German Federal Administrative Court’s decision opening the door to euthanasia: Continue reading
In the case of Osmanoğlu et Kocabaş v. Switzerland the ECtHR has found that a Swiss law that obliges the parents of a Muslim girl to accept, even if this violates their religious and moral convictions, that she must participate in swimming classes together with boys, does not violate Art. 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Continue reading
By Western standards it may be impolite to refuse shaking hands with another person. And if that refusal is justified with religious reasons, then many of us may think that there is something wrong with the religion that makes such commandments.
On the other hand, the question who should shake hands with whom, and under which circumstances, is determined by cultural norms, and in a society that takes pride in its “tolerance”, “diversity”, and “multi-culturalism” we should be able to cope with such cultural differences.
But apparently we aren’t. Continue reading
The attempt of an LGBT-pressure group to criminalize the Sacred Scripture (and thus the two religions based on it) has spectacularly failed.The Cantonal Court of the Swiss canton of Graubünden has rejected their appeal against the decision of the State Prosecutor’s office not to follow up on a complaint against Catholic Bishop Vitus Huonder, who had publicly quoted a passage from the Bible that condemns sodomy. Continue reading
Regrettably, the popular initiative proposing an amendment to the Swiss Federal Constitution to clarify that marriage is a union between a man and a woman was today very narrowly defeated in a referendum by 49.2% vs. 50.8%. In a clear majority of the country’s 26 cantons the majority of the population voted, however, in favour of the amendment. It was the vote in major agglomerations such as Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Berne that tilted the outcome into a bad direction. Continue reading
On 28 February the Swiss electorate will have the opportunity to vote on a number of popular initiatives, among them one that wants to ensure that a new clause in the country’s Federal Constitution define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and protects it against fiscal discrimination.
Currently Swiss law already defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, albeit on the level of simple statutory law. Moreover, married couples in many cases pay higher taxes than if they were not married.
Recent opinion polls show that the initiative is very likely to be endorsed by the electorate. Continue reading
The popular initiative for this referendum has been launched by the Christian People’s Party (CVP). Although the vote will be on a text that clearly defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the main purpose of the initiative is to set an end to the absurd fiscal discrimination of married couples, who in Switzerland pay higher taxes than if they were not married. Continue reading