Red Cross charity has decided to take a more secular route and ordered their branches to remove all the crucifixes from their walls. Many volunteers for the organization are rightly upset about it and have publicly criticized them for it.
“For a certain part of the population — because of the Muslims — the crosses were removed in the Red Cross houses and, more particularly, in that of Verviers,” one volunteer said.
The Belgian branches of the international aid organisation received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes.
Verviers branch President André Rouffart said, “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross,” he noted the volunteer pushback and added, “I think it’s a storm in a teacup.”
After France orders cross removed, Hungarians ask: “Is everyone entitled to religious freedom except Christians?” https://t.co/7Y3e1YYfqg
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 3, 2017
Several volunteers spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTL and expressed hostility to the move, with one saying: “Let things remain as they are. We used to say ‘Christmas holidays’, now it’s ‘winter holidays’. The Christmas market in Brussels has become the ‘Winter Pleasures’.”
The order follows the proposed removal of a cross in France which was located above a statue of Saint John Paul II in Ploërmel, Brittany. The move sparked outrage among many and led to the Polish and Hungarian government offering to take the cross.
“Such measures must be regarded as attempts to do away with the continent’s civilisation and culture,” commented Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó.
Catholic priest Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians in Ireland to completely toss the term “Christmas” because the original Christian meaning of the holiday has been out in the commercialization.
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 18, 2015
Perhaps for some people maybe the holiday has lost its meaning, and for others I am sure it never held the Christian meaning….but for many people, the holiday is still celebrated as Christ’s birthday.
We are seeing a time where being a Christian is once again becoming a dangerous thing.
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