Lima, Peru, Mar 24, 2011 / 10:54 am
The Constitutional Court of Peru ruled that the Bible and the crucifix do not violate the secular nature of the the country.
On March 22 the court ruled against a lawsuit filed by Peruvian lawyer Jorge Manuel Linares Bustamante, who demanded that crucifixes and Bibles be removed from courtrooms.
Constitutional Court Justice Gerardo Eto Cruz explained to CNA on March 23 that said the presence of crucifixes and Bibles in public places does not violate the religious freedom of persons.
In its ruling the court explained that “the presence of religious symbols such as the crucifix or the Bible that have historically or traditionally been present in public areas such as the offices and courtrooms of the justice system does not affect religious freedom or the principle of the secular nature of the state.”