Last November, Romania’s highest court ruled that students shouldn’t be required to submit a request to opt out of religion classes.
Instead, the justices said, it should go the other way: students ought to opt in, rather than opt out. Especially since the country is a secular state and there is no state religion, this seems only fair, right?
But imagine the consequences! If there aren’t enough pupils who enroll for any particular religion class, it can be cancelled! Much of Romania’s religious establishment — most notably the Eastern Orthodox population, which makes up more than 80 percent of the country’s 20 million people — is up in arms.
Public personalities, including actors, writers and journalists, have joined a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to enroll their children in religious studies classes in school. Parents have [until] March 6 to file a written request if they want their children to attend divinity classes in school.