Viennese school ordered to remove crucifix

A primary school in Vienna removed the crosses from all classes. The mother of a pupil found that it was religious paternalism as less than half of the pupils were registered as Christians.

According to the initiative “Religion is a private matter”, several similar complaints exist at a special registration office. It is expected that “further parents will now claim their right of freedom from religion in public schools”.

The mother has apparently put a lot of effort into achieving her goal. First, neither the principal nor the school inspector wanted to tell her how many pupils were registered as Christians.

When it turned out that less than half of them are registered as Christians, there was no basis for installing crucifixes on the walls. The religious items were thus taken down.