Sunday, June 05, 2016

Challenge To Holiday Law Moves Ahead In German Courts

As reported by The Local, in Germany last Thursday the High Court in North Rhine-Westphalia upheld a 100 Euro fine that had been imposed on Martin Budich, the organizer of Religious Freedom in the Ruhr.  Budich was fined for breaking the state's so-called "holiday law" which, among other things, prohibits showing films that are not approved by the state on holidays.  Every year since 2013, on Good Friday Budich has shown the classic British comedy which satirizes the life of Jesus, "The Life of Brian".  His goal has been to test the constitutionality of the holiday law. Now with the High Court's decision, Budich is able to appeal and mount that challenge in Germany's Federal Constitutional Court.  Friendly Atheist has more on the decision. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]