Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Secular Europe Campaign - march september

The Secular Europe Campaign is an annual effort that sees many diverse groups united in demanding an end to religious privileges and asking that the European Institutions must remain secular.

Starting in 2008, this Campaign has a special focus on the Vatican, given the enormous political and economical power it holds, but aims at representing all the issues around secularism and human rights, including opposition to state-funded faith schools, rejection of religious tribunals and support to equal rights for LGBT citizens.

Secular Europe Campaign promote:

* freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech
* women's equality and reproductive rights
* equal rights for LGBT people in all the European Union
* a secular Europe -- democratic, peaceful, open and just, immune to the clandestine influence of privileged religious (or other) organisations
* one law for all, no religious exemptions from the law
* state neutrality in matters of religion and belief

Secular Europe Campaign oppose:

* the privileged status of the churches under Article 17 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)
* the special status of the Vatican in the United Nations
* state-funded faith schools
* the economic privilege and political influence of the Vatican

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