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Outrage As Turkey Bans Christmas At German High School In Istanbul

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December 18, 2016 – Outrage As Turkey Bans Christmas At German High School In Istanbul

  • Some teachers from Germany were on Sunday at one of Istanbul’s most elite public high schools, told for the first time, they could not mention the topic of Christmas inside their classrooms.

  • There are 35 teachers in the German department at the Istanbul Lisesi, which is attended exclusively by Turkish students, but is also recognised as a German International School.

“According to a decision by the school’s Turkish Management, (material on) Christmas traditions and the Christian holiday will not be conveyed, worked on or sung about, effective immediately,’’ the high school’s leadership wrote to the department’s faculty in an email seen by dpa.

The school’s choir was also prevented from performing last week at the German consulate in Istanbul.
The salaries of the German teachers are paid for by German taxpayers, under a cultural treaty between the two countries. However, the school is under Turkish management.

Critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan say he is eroding modern Turkey’s traditional secularism, including by imposing a more Islam-focused education system.
Germany’s Green Party slammed the Christmas ban at the Istanbul Lisesi.

“A ban on the subject of Christmas at schools is unacceptable, especially if they are co-financed by Germany,’’ the foreign policy spokesperson for the Greens, Omid Nouripour, told dpa.

“The federal government must make this clear to Ankara if the Turkish government is not responsive, then the funding for the school must end,’’ Nouripour said.

The Turkish Ministry of National Education and leaders of the high school’s German Department did not respond to requests for comment.




  1. Bok

    December 19, 2016 at 5:03 AM

    some country are Turning Muslim religion to personal issues, am Beginning to reason with Trump now

  2. Adedapo Paul

    December 19, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    This is just the beginning of a world war

  3. sola olaniyi

    December 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    abi o @Bok

  4. D Hunter

    December 19, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    If Trump were to be a muslim, no Christian shall remain in America as soon as he assumes office.
    On the African shores, The president of Angola is the best in the whole of Africa for demolishing all the shrines and Arsenals called mosques in his country.

    The aftermath is that, an unfathomable peace has since returned to that country. A place worthy of visit without any fear of terrorists.
    Muslims are a curse anywhere they are found on Earth. They want to dominate even with their devlish religion of bondage called islam.

    I always say this…. What really makes Heaven the most peaceful, blessed and blissful place to be is the simple fact that muslims would never be there.

    I take a stroll…

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