November 30, 2015

Italian headmaster scraps Christmas carol concert following Paris terrorist attack to not offend non-Christians, resigns after backlash

StaffRebel Columnist

Italian headmaster, Marco Parma, has resigned after he caused outrage by canceling his school's Christmas concert following the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris.

According to The Telegraph, he instead planned an event in January that would be a “winter concert” rather than a celebration of Christmas.

Luckily, common sense prevailed, and parents were angry with the decision.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, “Discussion and dialogue does not mean to say we can drown our identity for the sake of a vague and insipid form of political correctness.”

He told Corriere della Sera that, “Italians, both non-religious and Christians, will never give up Christmas.”

Due to the outrage, the headmaster resigned. However, he maintained that his decision was not a step backwards in the fight against radical Islam.

“I believe that respecting the sensitivities of people of different religions or cultures is a step forward towards integration. This is a multiethnic school,” he said.

This isn't the first incident involving other religions being targeted after the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris. In Sweden, Jewish synagogues were shut down.

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commented 2015-12-01 00:42:50 -0500
@peternetterville Peter I had a really crappy job once mostly because it was a midnight shift but also because I seemed to be surrounded by petty employees and angry bosses who were eager to climb the corporate ladder. There were a few shining moments and it was a really eye opening education for me. About the time I was hired another individual started and this guy did everything I think I would do if I was trying to get fired except I would probably just quit. Whenever we would get a new manager this individual would go about setting his own schedule and refusing instruction when he so desired. He would occasionally explain to me how this new manger was easy to push around and he was usually right. Our whole society is being measured for our reactions and the more we let people get away with murder (literally and figuratively) should we really expect anything to change? I some day wan tot write a story about my experience with this person because although it was scary and sometimes insanely funny it was a real eye opener about what is wrong in society and how the look the other way strategy is an epic fail.
commented 2015-11-30 18:57:50 -0500
So he didn’t want to offend non Christians but he has no problem offending Christians. I celebrate Christmas, always have always will and I say Merry Christmas, always have always will. We celebrate the birth of Christ. If that offends anyone, they should simply not participate. It is so simple. You don’t hear Christians saying they are offended by other cultures or the beliefs of others so why are other cultures or beliefs so offended by us?? I personally attend multicultural festivals and I think they are wonderful. I don’t understand why people just don’t celebrate in their own ways and leave everyone else alone. The world is made up of many many cultures and many many different beliefs so you celebrate in your way and leave me to celebrate in mine.. If people were more accepting and tolerant of others we would not have to worry about offending anyone. That’s how I see it anyway.
commented 2015-11-30 18:46:29 -0500
Drew, Merry Christmas to you as well and God Bless.
commented 2015-11-30 18:38:20 -0500
Agree with others here, a PM with a spine. We used to have one as well. It is good to see.
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. If that offends you i do not care.
commented 2015-11-30 16:46:05 -0500
Good thing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has a spine. I wish our new PM had a spine … even a gelatinous wobbly spine.
commented 2015-11-30 15:08:46 -0500
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, “Discussion and dialogue does not mean to say we can drown our identity for the sake of a vague and insipid form of political correctness.”
Prime Minister Renzi is my new hero
commented 2015-11-30 14:40:56 -0500
I don’t understand why seemingly reasonable people don’t see that banning Christian activities so as not to offend Muslims, is favouring Muslims at the expense of offending Christians. Why is it so difficult for them to wrap their heads around the “shoe on the other foot” principle.
commented 2015-11-30 13:53:11 -0500
Left Wing Governments have created a situation, where it is politically incorrect to say Happy Christmas, Decorated Christmas trees are not seen in public, yet Muslims can scream out their misguided dogma, from their Mosques, amplified, five times a day. It is about time we stood up for Canada and Christmas.

In the UK, that has a large Muslim population, they have Santa Claus in the stores, Christmas trees are every where. Canada is under the control of simple minded Communists. We need to give them the Jack Boot.

Happy Christmas to you all.
commented 2015-11-30 13:49:03 -0500
To Signore Parma and those who ‘think’ like him; what sane person would ever want to force integration with primitive savages like Muslims constantly show themselves to be?
What sane person would want to integrate with a ‘supremacist political ideology masquerading as a religion’?
What sane person wants to live in the same country with a ‘people’ who have a culture and belief system that is not only completely incompatible with our Western values, lifestyles and law, it is inimical to our very way of life?
The answer to those questions is this: Liberalism is a mental disorder!
commented 2015-11-30 12:13:57 -0500
Do Muslims stop Ramadan in order not to offend Christians? What a stupid notion!
commented 2015-11-30 11:53:53 -0500
Edward, you are right. We cannot back down or cower from the terrorists because that is precisely what they are trying to achieve. If we do, it will only encourage more of the same violence.
commented 2015-11-30 11:43:39 -0500
Respect is a two way street. If you don’t like Christmas carols don’t sing or don’t go. Amazing how many people choose the flight response and I am not saying we need not physically fight every battle but to so willfully submit without any backbone causes me to fear our leaders more than I do Muslim extremists.