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Reykjavík Postpones Ban of Religious School Work

The human rights council of Reykjavík City agreed yesterday to postpone the execution of the disputed proposals on banning missionairing and religion-related work in the city’s elementary schools.

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Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Margrét Sverrisdóttir, the council’s chairperson, told Morgunbladid that she expects some changes to be made to the proposals.

“In my mind the review of the educational council and the sport and leisure time council has the most weight because the proposals are solely directed towards school work,” she said.

The representatives of the Independence Party on the council justified the postponement by arguing: “One of the prerequisites for the majority’s proposals was that a number of complaints had been received due to visits of religious associations to the schools—that claim was not supported by any statistics.”

“Now that the statistics have been submitted it turns out that only 24 complaints had been received by the school community which has tens of thousands of members. On the other hand, the human rights council has received more than 300 complaints where the human rights council’s aforementioned proposals are objected,” the argumentation concluded.

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