Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More PC than Britain? Apparently, It Is Possible...

Just when one thought that the British were on the fast-track toward being crowned the most politically-correct people in the world, along comes Sweden to give the UK a serious run for its money:

An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.

The boy's school says he has violated the children's rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination.

The boy's father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman.

He says the two children were left out because one did not invite his son to his own party and he had fallen out with the other one.

The boy handed out his birthday invitations during class-time and when the teacher spotted that two children had not received one the invitations were confiscated.

"My son has taken it pretty hard," the boy's father told the newspaper Sydsvenskan.

"No one has the right to confiscate someone's property in this way, it's like taking someone's post," he added.

A verdict on the matter is likely to be reached in September, in time for the next school year.

This is another one of those news stories one reads and immediately suspects is satire. It couldn't be true; not in any sane version of reality. But apparently, it is.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Officials at a school in Sweden have confiscated birthday invitations handed out in class by an eight-year-old boy.

The reason: they see it as a matter of discrimination.

A Swedish newspaper says the school in Lund, southern Sweden, seized the invitations because the boy failed to invite two boys because they were not his friends.

The newspaper Sydsvenskan quotes officials as saying they had a duty to prevent discrimination.

Some will argue that this is silly, but, in fact, it is merely political correctness and radical egalitarianism taken to their logical conclusion by government bureaucrats (who can always be trusted to take anything straight into absurdity).


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