Though Christmas is months away, the traditional celebration of the birth of Christ in Italian school districts has become a raging controversy. Parents of pupils at the Casa del Bosco nursery school in the multi-ethnic Oltrisarco district of Bolzano have been informed that at the schoolâ€™s Christmas concert, the students will not be permitted to sing â€œTu scendi dalle stelleâ€ [From Starry Skies Thou Comest].
The schoolâ€™s teachers single-handedly made the decision to eliminate the carol to placate Muslim and other foreign born children, though they celebrate Chinese New Years and â€œlearn about the significance of Ramadan.â€
The Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra got it right, calling the move sublimating Christianity a â€œsacrificeâ€ of the â€œbaby Jesus on the altar of multiculturalism.â€
The townâ€™s Mayor Luigi Spagnolli called the matter â€œcomplete nonsenseâ€ and even the local Imam Breigeche Abulkeheir, said in an interview with Corriere Della Serra that â€œthe figure of Jesus is holy for those who believe in the Koran, too.â€