Church re­jects les­son change

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Arch­bishop Ierony­mos, the head of the Church of Greece, yes­ter­day dis­missed calls for reli­gious stud­ies classes at Greek schools to fo­cus on other re­li­gions apart from Ortho­dox Chris­tian­ity.

Ierony­mos in­sisted that the lessons should re­main about “re­li­gion” rather than “reli­gious stud­ies” where chil­dren learn about “Is­lam and Bud­dhism.”

He also re­jected the idea of th­ese classes be­com­ing op­tional for pupils, as some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have sug­gested re­cently.

“So, if I didn’t like his­tory, al­ge­bra or math, could I just leave?” said the arch­bishop. “What kind of school would we have then?”

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