Saying Grace in Christian Kindergarten Prohibited

Country: Sweden
Category: Government Restrictions
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Governmental | Education
Tags: Freedom of Expression | Rights of Parents

June 26, 2017: An independent religious kindergarten in Umeå, Sweden, was forced to stop saying grace before meals by the county. The Education Act says that religious elements may be included in education at independent schools must be voluntary in order for the children to participate. The law does not say that the children themselves must agree, but rather that their parents consent on their behalf. The county argued that the children have not made the choice to participate in saying grace and have thus prohibited it. Preschool Director Britt Marie Mårtensson said they replaced grace with "Thank you for the sun and the rain and the food on our table."

Source: Världen idag