School CANCELS Christmas service so non-Christians are protected from ‘preaching’
OUTRAGED parents have complained after a school cancelled its Christmas service to avoid “preaching” to children.
The traditional service was cancelled because not all their pupils are Christians, the primary school revealed.
The head teacher of Gribskolen, Marianne Vederso Schmidt, said: “We took the decision because we have children who are not Protestant.”
In a post informing people of the decision, Ms Schmidt suggested that the decision may have been overdue with education laws banning “preaching” in schools.
Gribskolen is a primary school in the Danish town of Graested, which is the hometown of the Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, whose centre-right coalition has rallied against the cancellation.
Ms Schmidt said: “It must be left to the individual families whether they want to privately attend a service.”
The school has been bombarded with complaints with at least 10 angry parents condemning the move.
Mette Brüel-Holler said: “I don’t see why our tradition has to be taken away from us, just because someone else at the school believes in something else.
“I come from a small community, where the church is important, and these traditions are beautiful.
“I remember enjoying them myself as a child, and they are a fundamental part of Christmas.”
The school has been hit with accusations of hypocrisy after holding a Syria Week to celebrate the culture of some of the town’s residents earlier this year.
The move was branded a “misguided decision” by the local church pastor who fears Christmas is being “drained of its deeper meaning”.
Health Minister Ellen Trane Norby said: “Danish primary schools have a duty to spread education – and teaching the cultural values and knowledge connected to Christmas is an essential part of that.
“What benefits from this decision? Not the culture or level of integration within the country.”
A meeting of the local school board has been called with hopes the school’s decision can be changed.
The move comes weeks after Pope Francis took the dramatic decision to call for a change to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s prayer is spoken by the majority of the world’s 2.2billion Christians and is cited by the bible as the way Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
However, Pope Francis has argued the English translation go against the teachings of the church.
In the much-recited prayer, followers of the faith call on God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.
Speaking to Italian broadcasters, the Pope argued this was incorrect.
He said: “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”