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School church visit prompts parent complaint

Published fredag 19 juli 2013 kl 11.30

A visit to a church during the Christmas season by a class of first-grade pupils at a public school in Linköping in south-central Sweden has resulted in a formal complaint filed by a parent to the Swedish School Inspectorate.

Pupils listened to bible stories from the New Testament and sang a psalm, according to local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten.

Now, a parent has protested, stating: "As a six-year-old you cannot take a position on metaphysical and theological biased accounts. To my knowledge, the primary school curriculum does not even include the subject religion, which makes this even more absurd."

The complaint argues that the visit constituted a violation of Swedish school law, which requires a separation of church and state.

Both the principal of the school and the municipality of Linköping maintain that there has been no violation of the school law.

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