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Switzerland The canton of Geneva refuses to allow baptisms on the lake

Switzerland The canton of Geneva refuses to allow baptisms on the lake

Switzerland Geneva Capital of so many international organisation like UNO UHCR red cross etc…  City of reformation and freedom of religion. Today the autority do not allow  baptism in the lake.

Two evangelical churches in the canton of Geneva have had their requests for authorization to celebrate baptisms on public beaches on Lake Geneva refused by the authorities. They have filed an appeal with the Administrative Chamber of the Geneva Court of Justice, the Swiss Evangelical Network (RES-SEA) said in a statement on July 8. The organization, and its cantonal section of the Geneva Evangelical Network, “express their solidarity with the two churches. [They are dismayed that Geneva, the capital of human rights, would adopt such a restrictive and exclusive approach to religious freedom.
The freedom to manifest one’s beliefs in common and in public

The issue of religious gatherings in public spaces has not been completely resolved in the canton. Here, the state is invoking the February 2019 Law on the Secularity of the State (LLE), which allows such events, but only exceptionally. However, the canton had said that the traditional baptisms at the lake would remain authorized, reports RES-SEA. In January of this year, the Federal Court ruled that the LLE in Geneva was “contrary to religious freedom”. In May, the authority confirmed this position in a ruling.

“Such a practice (this regulation) is […] contrary to international standards of religious freedom: indeed, the exercise of religious freedom, including the freedom to manifest one’s beliefs in common and in public, is a fundamental right”, says the evangelical umbrella organization. A joint report by RES-SEA and the German Freikirchen.ch on religious freedom, including access to the public domain in the canton of Geneva, was sent on July 8 to the United Nations Human Rights Council. It should be examined during the Universal Periodic Review of Switzerland in 2023. The European and World Evangelical Alliances support this approach.

 

 

 

Castel of La Sarraz

Castel of La Sarraz

Built on a rocky spur, the Castle of La Sarraz was built in 1049. Unlike most other castles, it has always been the residence of the barons of La Sarraz and never changed hands until the death of the last chatelaine in 1948. This particularity makes its interest and its richness: it has kept the character of an inhabited residence and the objects which it shelters were acquired during the years.

If you want to see inside

 

 

More information https://chateau-lasarraz.ch/

Wine in Switzerland

Wine in Switzerland

Switzerland has good wine but they are not exported abroad. This is a shop window that show where we produice wine.

Samnauen part 2

Samnauen part 2

Curon near Austria and swiss border in Italy. A village under water
Natural park East Switzerland
In Grisons canton people speak a local language Reto romache. Here A revair similar to Au revoir means see you later
View of the Samnauen Valley
In the house where we was was an impressive decoration
Swimming pool
Pride of this photo. A curious marmot
Altitude restaurant
View from a cable car
An other view from a cable car with orange filter due to the color of the window
Swiss and austrian border
The other valley is Ischgl Austria
This hous use to be the border
En of June lot of snow left
Samnauen part 1

Samnauen part 1

Samnauen is at the far east of Switzerland. If Switzerland looks like an yes, Geneva is at the left corner Samnauen is at the right corner near Austria. It is a free zone. You have duty free shops because in the past there was no road to go there from Switzerland.

Samnauen valley
A typical chalet
manual tools
mountain vehicle
Cable car
Tunnel in Austria
view from Austria to Switzerland