Red Cross Removing Crosses from its Belgian Branches in Attempt to Secularize the Organization
The Red Cross has asked its Belgian branches to remove all crosses in an effort to secularize the relief organization, Breitbart London reported.
According to André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège, Belgium, asked the 28 branches to remove all crucifixes and crosses. “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross,” but “which is to say no distinction given to religion or race,” reported CNS News.
The Red Cross’ website states that it remains neutral by not taking “sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.”
Volunteers aren’t happy about it and at least one told Belgian broadcaster RTL that it was because of the Muslim population in the area. “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.”
“Let things remain as they are,” the volunteer added. “We used to say ‘Christmas holidays,’ now it’s ‘winter holidays.’ The Christmas market in Brussels has become the ‘Winter Pleasures.’”
Mr. Rouffart dismissed the volunteers’ concerns, calling the issue a “storm in a teacup.” “For a certain part of the population they think it is because of the Muslims that the crosses were removed in the Red Cross houses and, more particularly, in that of Verviers, but that has absolutely nothing to do with it.”
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 18, 2015