This country isn’t allowing the ‘tolerant left’ to remove Christ from Christmas. Here’s the 411….
Some Italian schools were not going to display Christian cultural markers like Nativity scenes and crucifixes in order to be ‘more inclusive’ and to show respect for other cultures. The Minister of Education has come against this decision by stating that as symbols of Italian history, tradition, and faith, it ‘is right that they are displayed in the classroom.‘
Education Minister Marco Bussetti said, ‘For me, the crucifix is a symbol of our history, our culture, our traditions,’ at the Federation of Catholic Schools’ meeting of 180 teachers and school leaders from across the country. He expanded his statement to include Christmas trees and Nativity scenes.
The Italian media is describing an ‘open war’ on nativity scenes in the classroom, where local administrators were forbidding the Christian imagery being displayed in schools across the country. Parents in Venice, however, protested the decision which was blamed on ‘lack of funding.’
This explanation was quickly shot down by the populist Lega party who said that local officials had set aside 50,000 euros for Nativity scenes at schools.
Controversy recently erupted when a school in Terni canceled its traditional nativity recitation “as a sign of respect” for pupils from other cultures, according to the headteacher, whose move was blasted as “idiocy” by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
“It is not just about religion, but about history, roots, culture,” he commented on the story in a Facebook post, adding: “I will not give up — Long live our traditions, and may they spread!”
The situation at the school in Terni was first brought to the country’s attention by local Lega representative Valeria Alessandrini, who stated: “Only by respecting [our own traditions] … can we make others understand everyone is free to practice their own faiths but that it is also required they respect the history and culture of the country in which they live.
“I hope that children and young people at the school [which cancelled its nativity event] will be allowed to share with their peers and their parents the most beautiful, intense and meaningful moments of Christmas.”
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