According to the European Post, the word “Jesus” was replaced by the word “Peru” in a Christmas carol at an Italian primary school.
A teacher of the Friuli Venezia Giulia School near Pordenone, decided to change the lyrics because she “did not want to insult non-Christian students”.
Italian newspaper “Ilmessaggero” writes that it was related to Muslim students.
The story was discovered, after two children were singing the altered songs at home and their parents noticed something was not right.
When the parents asked the school for an explanation, a head teacher said she did not know about the other teacher’s initiative.
After the teacher was summoned by the head teacher to explain her action she said she was “sorry” and promised it would not happen again.
Meanwhile the story was picked up on social media and the school was heavily criticised. Also Governor Debora Serracchiani said:
“Tolerance and openness to all cultures and religions is a historical heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia – he observes – but great attention must be paid to all acts that could appear to be a censorship of Christian traditions”
Coordinator Sandra Savino, of political party Forza Italia, said that this initiative “falsifies history” and “threatens our Christian tradition, using 8 year old children to fight a political battle”.
Source: European Post