Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court to rule on use of religious symbols

In response to the lawsuit of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Sao Paulo, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil will rule on whether religious symbols should be removed from public administration offices.

Members of the Supreme Court will judge whether or not the presence of symbols such as crucifixes and images break the laicity of the state. We will be attentive to the ruling as it will allow us to better understand the separation between church and state in the country.

It should be noted that the principle of secularism does not in itself imply the eradication of religion from the public sphere or what it represents in society, but rather the acceptance and safeguarding of religious plurality and its various manifestations both in the private and public sphere.

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