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Teacher suspended for removing crucifix from classroom

Union says Terni education authority 'discriminatory'

(ANSA) - Terni, April 2 - A teacher in the Umbrian city of Terni was suspended from work without pay for one month after he removed the crucifix from classrooms in the high school where he works.
    Union organization Cobas said it supported teacher Franco Coppoli, adding that the regional education authority was wrong to mix education - a State responsibility - with religion.
    "In our country, in 2015, it is still forbidden to claim the separation of Church and State and ask for educational spaces without religious symbols," Cobas said.
    The education authority continues a "fundamental crusade, which is discriminatory and morally harmful," the union said. Much of Italy identifies with the Roman Catholic religion.


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