Skip to Content

Elena Chiorino. Facebook

Italian councilor attacked because she defends Christmas

Councilor Chiorino has invited schools in Piedmont to enhance the traditions of Christmas. By doing so, she has unleashed a storm.

Published: November 27, 2019, 8:15 am

    The representative of Fratelli d’Italia sent a letter to school administrators inviting principals and teachers to “enhance within their own school every Christmas-related initiative, with the preparation of nativity scenes and the performance of recitals or songs related to the theme of the Nativity”.

    Her quite sensible message – given the cases of “censorship” of traditions in recent years – have however resulted in a flood of criticism. This letter was enough to put the opposition in the Regional Council on a war footing: “First the crucifix in the classroom, now the crib in every school. Not only does the right use Christ as a Barbie good for all seasons and it uses interior decoration for politics, but now it also moves away from its own competences and meddles in the autonomy of schools with a top-down view from an Ethical State.

    “Many families have remained excluded from the meal voucher, need a law that guarantees the right to the school canteen and lack resources for transport and textbooks, but instead of engaging in the proposals that we have deposited in the classroom on the Budget law, the right continues to play as if we were already immersed in the Christmas holidays,” Marco Grimaldi, a leftist councilor from LUV complained.

    An attack also came from the Italian radicals, with Igor Boni who put the councilor Chiorino in the crosshairs:” We are facing a council which uses the institutions for purposes of propaganda and nothing else. Speaking of school, I give the assessor a zero on secularism. These lines written to the principals are paired with those who use rosaries and crucifixes brandishing them as political weapons. I hope that the Piedmontese schools will throw this letter into the rubbish bin.”

    The controversy also reached the Undersecretary of Education, Lucia Azzolina: “The letter with which the Councilor for Education of the Piedmont Region, Elena Chiorino, addresses the schools, asking school administrators to put in place initiatives to enhance Christmas, it is a real invasion of the sphere, and violates school autonomy.

    Nothing against Christmas, of course, or against the initiatives that the educational institutions already organize in relation to this holiday every year. But nobody has to make propaganda on the back of schools. To meddle in our education system by asking teachers and managers to do or not do this or that, giving unilateral directions on how to enhance our national identity.”

    In short, a request to respect the traditions and values ​​that have accompanied Western culture and education for centuries, has become an “invasion” of the public sphere.

    karin@praag.org

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    ‘I am disgusted with Bordeaux, we are no longer safe here’

    BordeauxAfter he was attacked and stripped of his belongings by an organised gang, a Bordeaux journalist gave a distraught view of his city, which he says he no longer recognizes. Residents report thefts and violent attacks on a daily basis. The mayor is worried about a "climate emergency" however.

    Sweden: Somali rammed group after he was reported for child molestation

    BörlangeThe Somali taxi driver in the Swedish town of Borlänge who ran down a group of pedestrians recently, wanted to take revenge on his intended victim because the person had reported him for child molestation.

    Sweden: Immigrant child rapist commits 600 crimes – avoids deportation

    In May, the immigrant Bekim Dzelili was initially sentenced by the district court to 13 years in prison and deportation for life. He was found guilty of repeated aggravated child rape, the aggravated sexual abuse of a child, assault and unlawful threats. But the Swedish Court of Appeal has since reduced his prison sentence by one year and has canceled the deportation - the perpetrator may remain in Sweden because he has a "weak connection to his home country".

    Lampedusa: Landings intensify with migrants testing positive for Covid-19

    RomeImages of an illegal migrant landing that took place on 28 July on the most popular beach among shocked tourists and holiday makers, was broadcast by Italian CorriereTV. But the government is instead concerned about the politician who had tried to stop these illegal landings.

    Video: Sweden has knife violence, name changes, culture wars and a housing shortage

    Sweden used to be a 'model society'. But no more.

    German churches celebrate migrant crisis as a success

    MunichThe two large churches in Germany have drawn a positive interim assessment of the 2015 wave of migrants. Around half of those who came at the time are being trained or have jobs today, said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.

    Erdogan and Islam: Religion as Trojan Horse for political influence in Germany

    IstanbulYesterday, the first official Islamic Friday prayer took place at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The controversy of the re-conversion of the former Christian Orthodox cathedral into a mosque is also hotly being discussed in Europe.

    Swedish broadcaster TV4 edits interview to hide immigrant knife violence

    StockholmOn July 20, Swedish TV4 interviewed criminologist Tage Alalehto, who in the segment says that one explanation for the increased number of stabbings in the country could be "ethnic, xenophobic moods". But that was not really what he had said on camera.

    Will the death of Axelle Dorier in France ignite the identity powder keg?

    LyonSince the tragic death of the young French caregiver Axelle Dorier, ethnic tensions have redoubled in force on social networks.

    German Army infiltrated by Turkish agents?

    BerlinAccording to media reports, four Bundeswehr soldiers of Turkish origin are suspected of being members of the extremist Turkish organisation Grey Wolves. They are also suspected of collaborating with the Turkish secret service MIT.

    Go to archive