Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
The European Court of Justice sides with Finnish data protection authorities. Preachers will have to inform about the personal data collected during their campaigns.
The sentence says churches can only demand confessional allegiance when the job profile made it “significant, legal and justified”. In Germany, churches and their affiliated institutions are the second largest employer.
Slovakia and Hungary had challenged the scheme arguing the arrival of asylum seekers is a threat to their societies.
The problem with the ECJ ruling on religious clothing is that it seems to be working on the assumption that secularism is ‘neutral’. But this is a myth.
According to the ECJ, “banning the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination.”