The Commission of the Eurpean Union has demanded that Slovakia remove the halos from its new Euro coin commemorating the 1,150th anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Moravia. A spokeswoman for the Bank of Slovakia explained their decision to comply with the European Comissions demands:
‘The European Commission and some member states have asked Slovakia to remove some symbols from the draft coin to comply with the principle of religious neutrality. We believe the final coin will be a dignified combination of a symbol of state and a symbol of Christianity,”
The European Commission defended its insistence that Slovakia remove the halos from Cyril and Methodius:
“Under EU rules, when designing the national side of a euro coin, Member States are required to take into account that the coins will circulate throughout the whole eurozone, and in that context, proposed designs are shared in advance with other Member States so that they can provide any comments they deem appropriate.
The Commission acknowledged that some members states objected to the coin, adding that Slovakia submitted a slightly amended design, “which has now been approved by the [EU] Council of Ministers.”
Protect the Pope comment: The European Commission’s demand that Slovakia remove the Christian symbol of sanctity that has been included on coins throughout Europe for thousands of years is yet another attack on our common Christian heritage. In the censored coin St. Cyril and St. Methodius have been reduced to the stature of mundane historical figures, their eternal significance and role as intercessors and exemplars of sanctity removed from the public arena. The secular reformation of Europe continues to impose its intolerant ideology under the guise of ‘religious neutrality’.