Controversial Assault Ruling Makes It Important to Defend Separation of State and Religion

The Local writes about a legal case that has upset Sweden the past few days:

The ruling, pushed through by two lay judges on a divided court, argued it was "not uncommon for women to falsely claim they have been assaulted" in order to get an apartment. It also said the man appeared to come from a “good family, unlike hers”.

The judgment also said, apparently referring to the couple’s foreign background, that the woman was less credible for having reported the assault to the police rather than attempting to resolve it within the family which it said would have been "the normal thing in ‘these circles’”.