Germany: 600-year-old School Ditches Christmas After Muslim Complains About Carols

 

via Christmas Sidelined at German School After Muslim Complains Over Carols

A 600-year-old school in Germany has ditched Christmas celebrations during class time after a Muslim pupil said that carols were incompatible with Islam.

After a stir in local media over reports that the Johanneum Gymnasium in Lüneburg had “cancelled” Christmas following a Muslim girl’s complaint that the songs conflicted with her religion, the school’s headmaster said that the school was taking “a sensitive approach” to the festive season.

Headmaster Friedrich Suhr confirmed that the complaint had taken place, but denied it was behind the decision of management at the school — one of the oldest in northern Germany — to postpone and make voluntary its annual Christmas party.

The headmaster also explained that that music lessons at the school would no longer include songs with religiously-themed lyrics, pointing to regional education board rules which require teachers show consideration to pupils from minority faiths.

A spokesman for the local authority appeared to dispute this interpretation of the rules, noting that while it is up to individual schools to decide how to conform to regulations, the Education Act in no way demands a ban on Christian songs.

Bianca Schöneich warned, however, that “religious content in schools should be done in moderation”, and added that “a Christmas party should not have the character of a church service”.

A number of church figures have hit out at the school for taking an overly sensitive approach, with Catholic Bureau of Lower Saxony prelate Felix Bernard pointing out that religious music in Germany “is part of our cultural heritage”.

“The singing of Christmas carols constitutes neither a religious confession nor a service”, he told Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.

Auxiliary Bishop Nikolaus Schwerdtfeger added it should go without saying that Christmas carols would be sung at Christmas celebrations in a Christian country.

“The fact that a school Christmas party can not take place during class time, I find a pity and also a bit absurd,” he said.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk reported that the issue has caused “heated debate” among pupils at Johanneum Gymnasium, with one lamenting to the public broadcaster: “Something that was never a problem before is now being made into one.”

On the other hand, pupil spokesman Thurka Parathaman backed the move to marginalise Christmas at the school, stating that it would not be right to have an event “for Christians that excludes other religions”.

5 thoughts on “Germany: 600-year-old School Ditches Christmas After Muslim Complains About Carols

  1. Almost comical, if it weren’t so sickly insane. While Muslims murder Christians and destroy churches in Muslim countries, Christians in Christian countries are forced, by presumed Christian authorities, to accommodate the whim of the Muslim invaders. The native people of most of Europe have been programmed by their own government and the EU to meekly submit to conquest by Islam. You must resist, or cease to exist.

  2. What about all the kids that looked forward to the holiday festivities? I think most people can look back on their childhood and remember something fun and cheerful about X-mas crafts,singing carols and little parties with sugar cookies,popcorn balls and punch during the school day just before the holiday. There were some Jewish kids in our class and so during Hanuka we’d sing a couple of traditional songs and do a craft with that holiday’s theme. Like the child in this article said,something that was never a problem before is now being made into one.I learned years ago that in English schools with Muslim students, X-mas decorations had been banned.So, even paper rings and wreaths were done away with to please the aliens.

  3. STINKING COWARDS. ALLOW THIS CRAP TO CONTINUE AND THEY WILL HAVE THE CONTROL. I WILL NEVER GIVE CONTROL TO THE LIKES OF THESE SO CALLED HUMANS AND I SUGGEST THAT YOU ALL DO THE SAME. FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND NEVER GIVE IN TO THE LIKES OF THE ABOMINATION OF SHARIA. SO DISGUSTING.

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