Friday, January 14, 2011

Commision's reverse ferret on Christmas

Responding to the awful press that has come about from the slight error in missing out Christmas whilst keeping in Eid in their children's Europa diary, the EU has issued a panic reply.
Immediate remedial action taken to correct omission of Christian holidays in Europa Diary 2010/2011

Immediate remedial action is being taken to rectify the omission of certain Christian religious holidays from the Europa Diary 2010/2011. This was a regrettable error which will be addressed by a Corrigendum sent to all teachers who ordered this edition of the Diary in all EU Member States concerned. There was never an intention to discriminate against the Christian religion in this publication.
Of course it was only the fact that the Mail and the Sun picked up the Story that seems to have had an impact. After all it was fiirst reported by Bruno in December. The Bishops got upset at COMECE, even the Italians got a bit narked.

We are asking the Commission the simple cost of the mistake,

After all if they are sending a corrigendum to cover all the teachers its not going to be that cheap.


Ray said...

I don't think it was a 'mistake'.

Anonymous said...

Error seems a strange description for a deliberate action. As Christianity has been around for 2000 years and Germany had Luther, a "mistake" it was not.


The petition said...

Everybody can associated to petition

PETITION said...

Thee European Association Of the Teachers has made a point of underlining the interest of the Europa Diary distributed for several years in the Schools of Europe. This document and the teaching guide which accompanies it, makes it possible to underline with the daily newspaper realities of European construction and to attract the interest of the pupils on important subjects concerning the whole of the citizens.
The edition 2010-2011 innovated by announcing the dates of the principal festivals of the nonChristian religions with a short explanatory leaflet.
This initiative could have fallen under the direction of the intercultural and interreligieux Dialogue and have supported a better mutual comprehension, if the Christian festivals had not been forgotten or voluntarily omitted. This lapse of memory corresponds to an ignorance of the History and reality of Europe and constitutes a serious fault against civil cohesion in Europe.
The AEDE association recalls the importance of education to the identity. Indissociable of education to the dialogue and the meeting of the difference, it implies knowledge and the recognition by each one of its memberships and its inheritance. Each one must be able to say which it is, from where it comes and to assume its inheritance to build with the others the common future. However the Christian religion, in its various denominational memberships, is an essential element of the History and inheritance of all Europeans whatever in addition their philosophical religions and their convictions. Christian festivals rythment the civil calendar of the majority of the European countries. The churches, the cathedrals, the masterpieces of the literature and the European museums refer to the Christian past: they are integral part of the inheritance of all Europeans. It is important that Christian and not Christians know the direction of them, as well as they discovers and respects the direction of the festivals of the other religions and the convictions of not believing.
The , association open to all the convictions, deplores and condemns the lapse of memory, volunteer or not, of Christian dimension in the inheritance of Europe which denies the obviousness and wounds in their faith of very many Europeans.
The AEDE firmly condemns an initiative, source of polemic and anathemas, which is likely to harm the image of the Community Institutions durably and to still divert more the citizens of Europe.
The AEDE calls the European institutions with a serene reflexion on the multicultural character of Europe which gives all their place to the various religious and philosophical convictions in the dialogue and the mutual respect to affirm and defend unit our values common.