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“What will be next? Will all Easter eggs be banned in Brussels because they refer to Easter?” — Bianca Debaets, of Belgium’s Christian Democratic and Flemish Party

More than 25,000 people in Belgium have signed a petition denouncing a decision to remove the traditional Christmas tree in the central square in Brussels and replace it with a politically correct structure of abstract minimalist art.

Critics accuse the Socialist mayor, Freddy Thielemans, of declaring war on Christmas by installing the “multicultural” structure of lights to placate the city’s burgeoning Muslim population.

Historically, a 20 meter [65 foot] fir tree taken from the forests of the Ardennes has adorned the city’s main square, the Grand-Place. This year, however, it has been replaced with a 25 meter [82] foot new-age-like structure of lighted boxes (see video here). Moreover, the traditional Christmas Market in downtown Brussels is no longer being referred to as a “Christmas Market.” Instead, it has been renamed as “Winter Pleasures 2012.”

The mayor’s office, where more than half of the city’s eleven councilors are either Muslim or Socialist or both, said the structure was part of a theme this year of “light.” City Councilor Philippe Close, a Socialist, said the aim was to show off the “avant-garde character” of Brussels by blending the modern and the traditional to produce something new and different. He added: “The Christmas tree is not a religious symbol and actually lots of Muslims have a Christmas tree at home.”

But critics say the non-tree, which was inaugurated on November 30 and will be on display through January 6, was installed to avoid offending Muslims. They also point to a recent Fatwa [a legal pronouncement in Islam], which states that Muslims are prohibited from having anything to do with Christmas trees.

The Fatwa states: “It is not permissible to imitate the kuffar [a highly derogatory Arabic term used to refer to non-Muslims] in any of their acts of worship, rituals or symbols, because the Prophet [Mohammed] said: ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’”

The Fatwa continues: “So it is not permissible to put up this tree in a Muslim house even if you do not celebrate Christmas, because putting up this tree comes under the heading of imitating others that is haram [banned], or venerating and showing respect to a religious symbol of the kuffar. What the parents must do is protect their children and keep them away from what is haram, and protect them from the Fire as Allah, may He be exalted.”

The Fatwa concludes: “You should explain to your daughter that it is haram to imitate the disbelievers and that it is obligatory to differ from those who are doomed to Hell and to dislike what they venerate of clothing, symbols or rituals, so as to develop respect for her own religion and adhere to it.”

Bianca Debaets, a Brussels councilor from the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, told the Flemish newspaper Brussel Nieuws that she believed an argument over Muslim religious sensitivities had prompted the Brussels City Council to put up the light sculpture.

 

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  1. MaryfromMarin

    December 4th, 2012

    I am afraid that Belgium is lost. Check pertinent posts on Atlas Shrugs, Jihad Watch, and Bare Naked Islam concerning the recent elections that put several Muslims into positions of political power there.

    It will be worse than watching Sisyphus.

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  2. RANDO

    December 4th, 2012

    And don’t get me started on Kwanza…

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  3. Weldor

    December 4th, 2012

    I say we dust off and nuke the site from orbit.

    It’s the only way to be sure.

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  4. FreedomCat

    December 4th, 2012

    What place on Earth has the muzzies not invaded. I say deport them all back to their shithole desert!

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 4th, 2012

     
  6. Nevermind

    December 5th, 2012

    There’s going to be a great war someday in the Middle East, and millions of Muslims are going to perish as result. Sweet.

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  7. Piers quare

    December 5th, 2012

    So pleased to hear they are displaying it from Advent until ephinany!
    You know I’m a little tired of hearing of relief boxes from red cross or some Christian charity having their crosses removed and replaced with a red crescent. If you want to receive Christian charity, then you take they whole package. You don’t want Christmas, then don’t take it off as a holyday!

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  8. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 5th, 2012

    “burgeoning muslim population”

    Don’t let it happen.

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  9. Lowell

    December 5th, 2012

    From above: ” has been renamed as “Winter Pleasures 2012.”

    I thought that was a covert handjob on the ski lift?

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  10. PAvolley

    December 5th, 2012

    The Fatwa states: “It is not permissible to imitate the kuffar [a highly derogatory Arabic term used to refer to non-Muslims] in any of their acts of worship, rituals or symbols, because the Prophet [Mohammed] said: ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’”

    Soooooo, if we “kuffar” became barbaric throat slitters, goat & boy molesters, wife beaters, suicide bombers and IED assplodin’ jihadis would they stop imitating that?

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  11. Tedjusant

    December 5th, 2012

    My kids have been asking for years for the ban on BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

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