ITALY: A traditional Christmas tree in the city of Bolzano had to be removed before a visit of the Muslim association. The reason given: “It could hurt their feelings or offend them.”
Voice of Europe (h/t Maurice) The city’s town hall Christmas tree, was decorated by the association of sport veterans, for the athlete of the year prize award ceremony. They also decorated the place with Christmas symbols and with Christmas coming, left them there.
But a day afterwards, the president of the sport veterans association received a phone call from the town hall office. He was asked to remove the Christmas tree and its decorations because the town hall would be visited by a Muslim association and it “could hurt their feelings, or offend them”.
Local politician Allesandro Urzì heard the story and calls it “bureaucratic rigidity” and a form of “Barbarisation of the general culture” in Italy. In another article he says the “tree is being sacrificed on the altar of goodness” and freely translated from Italian:
“Now respect for every religious confession should not be confused with the removal of the traditional symbols on which our society is founded. Believers and non-believers trace within them the elements that constitute our identity.”
BELGIUM: Nativity scene removed over fears it will offend the town’s FOUR Muslims.
UK Expr:ess Town chiefs allegedly refused to include a traditional festive display in Holsbeek, Belgium over fears it could upset a member of the minuscule Muslim population.
Traditionally locals put a Christmas tree and a model of baby Jesus in a manger in the centre of the town. But locals were outraged after politicians decided it would offend.
Achiel Claes, a former town alderman for the Christian-Democrats, said: “The reason was that it would be ‘too provocative for Muslims’. “There are only four Muslims living in town and they will never complain that there is a nativity scene in city hall.”
Mr Claes said he could “understand” if a nativity scene was banned in Molenbeek – where the terrorists behind the November 2015 Paris attacks lived. But in the sleepy town of Holsbeek – 20 miles outside Brussels – the move has been branded “ridiculous.”