Posted by: becketfund | June 14, 2010

Greece: Justice Ministry Reviewing Religious Oaths

ATHENS – The Justice Ministry is reviewing the law that requires MPs, witnesses in trials, soldiers and various public officials to take religious oaths,  Kathimerini reported on June 14.  The review comes in response to pressure from the European Union, which has argued that religious oaths infringe on personal freedoms.  Alternative oaths already exist in some cases, for instance trial witnesses can take a political oath rather than a religious one.  The idea of scrapping swearing-in ceremonies has been discussed in the past but the Church of Greece has often voiced its opposition to such a move.


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