"Fundamentalist" Group in Schools

Swedish Radio reports that a Christian youth group called New Generation has used state money to proselytize in Swedish schools. This is despite the official curriculum establishing that schools should be free of religious influences.

Over the past 8 years the organization has received around 5 million dollars of public money in grants from the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs. The National Agency for Education says New Generation’s methods are questionable, while critics call the organization fundamentalist, with ties to the controversial Word of Life group.

According to Swedish Radio, with more than 500 local groups at schools around the country, New Generation calls on young people to be missionaries among their fellow students, talking about Christianity in the corridors between classes.

At one high school outside Stockholm members plastered stickers reading “Jesus Loves You” on the lockers of 2000 students and teachers.