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Italian kindergarten shuts down Nativity recitals to avoid offending Muslims: Report

Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
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TURIN, Italy, December 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A nationalist party has launched a complaint at the decision of some schools and kindergartens in the city of Turin to shut down all Christmas Nativity celebrations, or remove all mention of Christianity from them, out of fear of “offending the sensibilities” of the schools’ growing Muslim population.

Roberto Carbonero, the director of Lega Nord (the Northern League), said that if confirmed, the decision by some school principals “would be a very serious matter which is unprecedented.”

“Such a decision is completely unacceptable,” he said, adding that the city, not the individual schools, should have competence to make such decisions.

“The ‘city of inclusion’ fantasized about on the Left cannot become a ‘city of discrimination for Catholics,’” Carbonero said.

“It is not acceptable that, in favor of uncontrolled immigration...our citizens, our children, must give up their own traditions and their own culture,” he said. “I’m not staying with the school [of thought] that we should be ashamed of the Catholic base of our society and its history.”

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Immigration in Italy has largely been from the North African countries where Islam is the dominant religion and cultural influence. While immigration remains slower in Italy than in some other European Union countries, a disproportionately large percentage of births in Italy are to immigrant families.

In those regions, mainly in the north, with the highest numbers of settled foreigners, the population of non-Italian residents is between nine and 11 percent, but fully 15 percent of the children are born to foreign nationals.  

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