European Union Debates Role of Religion. (around the World)
Members of the European Union are considering whether the union's yet-to-be-formed constitution should pay homage to God.
The 15-member EU, which is set to admit 10 more countries this spring, has found itself being lobbied by the Vatican, as well as a host of other religious entities, to include in its constitution a reference to God or Christianity. According to a Feb. 5 article from the International Herald Tribune a debate has erupted over God's place, if any, in the EU's governing document.
The IHT reported that language had been drafted for a section of the future constitution about European values, which contained a reference to God. The statement reads, "The union values include the values of those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty as well as those who do not share such a belief but respect these universal values arising from other sources." Supporters of the God reference include delegates from Poland, Italy, Germany, and Slovakia. …