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Boy, 9, banned from school Christmas party - 'because he didn't believe in Jesus'

Last updated at 10:15am on 22nd December 2007

Teachers banned a nine-year-old boy from his class Christmas party because his parents had barred him from RE lessons.


Douglas Stewart was forced to stay at home while his friends received presents from Santa and tucked into ice cream and jelly.


His parents were told he was not welcome at the celebration because they had pulled him out of religious eduction classes earlier in the year.

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Banned: Douglas Stewart (left), seen here with brother Callum, was stopped from attending a party because of his 'lack of religious beliefs'


Headmaster Ian Davidson said that because the youngster had no interest in religion he could not celebrate the birth of Christ.


Furious mother Dawn Riddell, 38, said yesterday: "I've helped out at the Christmas party before and it's got absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. Douglas was heartbroken he couldn't go. It was cruel."

The boy and his brother Callum, 11, attend Cluny Primary, a council-run school in Buckie, Banffshire.


As the family have no religious beliefs, Miss Riddell had asked for them to be exempt from RE lessons.

But she was stunned when the head called with the news about the party.


She contacted Moray Council to find out its policy on school parties and was told these were non-religious.


After the council spoke to the school, the decision to exclude Douglas was put down to a "misunderstanding".

Callum was allowed to attend his party a few days later and Douglas received a present Santa had left behind.


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  • I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God.

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  • Actually you're right, I think it even mentions the christmas tree in the Bible as not to be practiced.

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  • How do any of you dumbasses know whether or not being in the class was a requirement of attending the party? I see so many liberals on here preaching tolerance, but you jump to defend these people who wouldn't let their kid take a class on other religions and cultures. If the parents don't want the kid to learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc., then they need to shut the hell up when he is not allowed to participate when the class has little celebrations demonstrating the holidays. I too More..

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  • FillTheVoid: "I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God."
    Please do shut the hell up!

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  • fair play to the parents,forceing religion on kids is a form of child ause imo

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  • If this is a private school then they have every right and the parents should remove their kids. If it is not private, they should b sued.

    Fkn simple!

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  • i could not belive this kind off things happens in UK

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  • FillTheVoid: "
    bren1: "
    FillTheVoid: "I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God."
    which god ? theres a lot to choose from "
    The real one what everyone knows about."
    the 'real' one is interpreted in a variety of ways

    your belief system is no more true than the other tens of thousands of belief systems about who that god is or what that god wants

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  • FillTheVoid: "
    Koliedrus: "
    technoboy: "fair play to the parents,forceing religion on kids is a form of child ause imo"
    Amen to that. The last time (and I mean LAST time) I went to services, the vicar tried to drive home that NOT bringing our kids to church each week was a form of child abuse. I've been "abusing" them ever since.

    This year, I bought them a telescope, a microscope and monogrammed lab coats for Christmas."
    Grats on sending your kids to hell.
    "
    w More..

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  • Not surprising. Christians are beasts.

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  • lasrever: "
    FillTheVoid: "
    bren1: "
    FillTheVoid: "I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God."
    which god ? theres a lot to choose from "
    The real one what everyone knows about."
    the 'real' one is interpreted in a variety of ways

    your belief system is no more true than the other tens of thousands of belief systems about who that god is or what that god wants"
    Lasrever, you must be a kind of god yourself : you read in my mind and post my commen More..

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  • jesus? who gives a damn.
    britain is a sperm globule mixed with faeces-the stained g-string of europe.

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  • Christmas isn't even christian, it's a scandinavian mid winter feast where you where sacrificing animals and humans to the gods. Thats what the christmas tree symbolizes, the evergreen tree in Uppsala that the christians fell shortly after the viking era. The red balls in the christmas trees is the bloody corpses that once hang in it.

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  • How very Christian of them!

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  • Does that mean you are banned from church if you don't believe in Santa?

    Posted Dec-27-2007 By 

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  • Asgard82: "Christmas isn't even christian, it's a scandinavian mid winter feast where you where sacrificing animals and humans to the gods. Thats what the christmas tree symbolizes, the evergreen tree in Uppsala that the christians fell shortly after the viking era. The red balls in the christmas trees is the bloody corpses that once hang in it."
    It's true

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  • Roobis: "i could not belive this kind off things happens in UK"
    In England a lot of jokes dude, guess also in some areas you just d'ont beleive your eyes, sometimes I d'ont feel that I am in Europe?
    The foreigners from Asia expect Chinese and Turks have spoil it with their fashion tradition and cars...?
    he he he Mullahs have been also garduate from islamic unveristy in London they d'ont even write in Arabic and they control mosques some them even d'ont know make sentences in Engl More..

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  • I know what he will be singing this christmas.
    Four tommy guns; Three M16's; Two hand grenades; and a knife with a very sharp blade!

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  • Christians often forget many of their holidays originated from pagan holidays. Often it was considered to culturally difficult to move a pagan holidays so they would often repackage the celebration as a Christian one. If you every visit Europe many countries still have local pagan celebrations and they oft vary from town to town.

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  • Harsh and vindictive... Does "council run" mean public? i am not sure about Brittish terminology

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  • Revo-Emag: "How very Christian of them!"
    I d'ont know if they are Christian or not, because many Church in tree major cities converted to Mosques...When you care too much about money will destroy you slowly without you notice?
    When you respect Monkey then he will transform to Gorilla?

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  • I'm not to fond of these media items without video (except for pluto's news) but if this story is true, that's sick man. Tell a little kid he can't celebrate christmas with his friends because he doesn't believe in Jesus. Pssssh

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  • technoboy: "fair play to the parents,forceing religion on kids is a form of child ause imo"
    Amen to that. The last time (and I mean LAST time) I went to services, the vicar tried to drive home that NOT bringing our kids to church each week was a form of child abuse. I've been "abusing" them ever since.

    This year, I bought them a telescope, a microscope and monogrammed lab coats for Christmas.

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  • FillTheVoid: "I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God."
    You are evil.

    But I guess thats what happens when you believe in god.

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  • DoorToDoorManiac: "
    FillTheVoid: "I guess that's what happens when your parents hate God."
    You are evil.

    But I guess thats what happens when you believe in god."
    He probably claims to believe in God, but does God believe in him?

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