After sending out an e-mail to its volunteers telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of its Belgian branches, the Red Cross international charity organization is rightfully receiving a fair amount of backlash and criticism.
Volunteers who spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTL let their concerns with the issue be known, 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’.”
“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,” the volunteer added.
However, according to 7sur7, André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, said “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross.”
Rouffart also added that there had been pushback on the issue, but ultimately downplayed it, saying, “I think it’s a storm in a teacup.”
Nevertheless, this move comes on the heels of the proposed removal of a cross in France, which was located above a statue of Saint John Paul II in Ploërmel, Brittany, which led to public backlash all the way to Poland and even Hungary.
“Such measures must be regarded as attempts to do away with the continent’s civilization and culture,” Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said.
After France orders cross removed, Hungarians ask: “Is everyone entitled to religious freedom except Christians?” https://t.co/7Y3e1YYfqg
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This is a very slippery slope, folks. Even for Europe.
And it’s only a matter of time before the issue surfaces here on American soil.