Islamists Attack Christmas, But Europeans Abolish It

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Submitted by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

  • A statue of the Virgin Mary was ordered taken away by a court in the French municipality of Publier. Senator Nathalie Goulet slammed the judges as "ayatollahs of secularism".
  • A German school in Turkey just banned Christmas celebrations: the school, Istanbul Lisesi, funded by the German government, decided that Christmas traditions and carol-singing would no longer be allowed. A Woolworth's store in Germany scrapped Christmas decorations telling customers that the shop "is now Muslim".
  • Europe is already mutilating her own traditions "to avoid offending Muslims". We have become our own biggest enemy.
  • Muslims are also reclaiming "the mosque of Cordoba". Authorities in the southern Spanish city recently dealt a blow to the Catholic Church's claim of ownership of the cathedral. Now Islamists want it back.
  • The final result of Europe's self-destructive secularism could seriously be a Caliphate.

"Everything is Christian", Jean-Paul Sartre wrote after the war. Two thousand years of Christianity have left a deep mark on the French language, landscape and culture. But not according to France's Minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. She just announced that instead of saying "Merry Christmas", state officials should use "Happy Holidays" -- clearly a deliberate intent to erase from discourse and the public space any reference to the Christian culture in which France is rooted.

Jean-François Chemain called it the "eradication of any Christian sign in the public landscape". A year ago, the controversy was ignited in the French town of Ploermel, where a court decided that the statue of Pope John Paul II, erected in a square, had to be removed for violating "secularism".

Then, a statue of the Virgin Mary was ordered taken away by a court in the municipality of Publier. Senator Nathalie Goulet slammed the judges as "ayatollahs of secularism".

The newspapers of the French "left", outraged by the "right's" ban on burkinis on the French Riviera, have been endorsing this anti-Christian policy.

France's Council of State has just ruled that "the temporary installation of cribs [nativity scenes] in a public place is legal if it has a cultural, artistic or festive value, but not if it expresses the recognition of a cult or a religious preference". What precautions to justify a millenary tradition!

In the town of Scaer, a nursing home has been the subject of a similar secularist complaint, for the presence of a fresco of the Virgin Mary. Then, it was the turn of the manger in the train station of Villefranche-de-Rouergue, in Aveyron. In the town of Boissettes, the church bells have been muted by court decision.

Fortunately, some ideas from the Observatory of Secularism -- the organ established by President François Hollande to coordinate his neo-secularist policies -- have not been implemented. One proposed even to eliminate some Christian national holidays to make room for the Islamic, Jewish and secular holidays.

President Hollande, on the occasion of Easter, "forgot" to express holiday wishes to the Christians of France. But a few months before, Hollande had extended his best wishes to the Muslims during the feast of Eid, which closes Ramadan. "Hollande's greeting to Muslims is opportunistic and political. For the Socialist Party, it is a crucial electoral clientele", said the French philosopher Gerard Leclerc in the newspaper, Le Figaro.

This Christianophobia is the Trojan Horse of Islam. As Charles Consigny writes in the weekly Le Point, "Through this tabula rasa of the past, France will make a clean sweep of its future". Unfortunately, France is not an isolated case. Everywhere in Europe, a weary, secularist absence of purpose and confused values damns Christianity in favor of Islam.

A jihadist terrorist, targeting a symbol of Christian tradition, last week slaughtered 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin. But Europe is already mutilating her own traditions "to avoid offending Muslims". We have become our own biggest enemy.

The annual candlelit Saint Lucia ("Sankta Lucia") procession, a Swedish Christian tradition celebrated for hundreds of years, is "dying" out. Uddevalla, Södertälje, Koping, Umeå, and Ystad are among the growing numbers of cities no longer holding this lovely cultural event. According to Jonas Engman, an ethnologist at the Nordic Museum, the declining interest in the St. Lucia procession accompanies a more general alienation from the culture of Christian Sweden. A study conducted by Gallup International reveals that in observing the Christian religion, Sweden is "the least religious in the West". In the meantime, with a young, strong, driven sense of purpose and a set of sharia values, Islam is growing.

A German school in Turkey just banned Christmas celebrations. The school, Istanbul Lisesi, funded by the German government, decided that Christmas traditions and carol-singing would no longer be permitted. The Washington Post summarized the decision: "No teaching of Christmas customs, no celebrations and no Christmas caroling". It is not an isolated incident. A Woolworth's store in Germany also scrapped Christmas decorations, telling customers that the shop "is now Muslim".

In Britain, David Isaac, the new head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), told employers that they should not suppress Christian tradition out of fear of offending anyone. Previously, Dame Louise Casey, the British government's integration "tsar", warned that "traditions such as Christmas celebrations will die out unless people stand up for British values".

In many Spanish towns, such as Cenicientos, the municipality of this Autonomous Community of Madrid removed the Christian Stations of the Cross. Then, Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, decided to remove the city's traditional Nativity display at the Puerta de Alcalá.

Muslims are also reclaiming "the mosque of Cordoba". Authorities in the southern Spanish city recently dealt a blow to the claim of ownership of the cathedral by the Catholic Church. Built on the site of Saint Vincent's church, it then served as a mosque for over 400 years when Islamic Spain was part of a caliphate, before the Christian kingdom of Castile conquered the city and converted it again into a church. Now Islamists want it back.

Muslims are also reclaiming "the mosque of Cordoba". Authorities in the southern Spanish city recently dealt a blow to the claim of ownership of the cathedral by the Catholic Church. Built on the site of Saint Vincent's church, it then served as a mosque for over 400 years when Islamic Spain was part of a caliphate, before the Christian kingdom of Castile conquered the city and converted it again into a church. (Image source: James (Jim) Gordon/Wikimedia Commons)

Belgium, the most Islamized democracy in Europe, is also purging its Christian heritage. The Nativity, the traditional manger scene, has not been put up in the Belgian town of Holsbeek, just outside Brussels. Claims were scenes it was scrapped to "avoid offending Muslims".

As reported by the newspaper La Libre, school calendars within Belgium's French speaking community are also using a new secularized terminology: All Saints Day (Congés de Toussaint) is now be referred to as Autumn Leave (Congé d'automne); Christmas Vacation (Vacances de Noël) is now Winter Vacation (Vacances d'hiver); Lenten Vacation (Congés de Carnaval) is now Rest and Relaxation Leave (Congé de détente); and Easter (Vacances de Pâques) is now Spring Vacation (Vacances de Printemps). Then Belgium installed an abstract, de-Christianized Christmas tree in the capital, Brussels.

In the Netherlands, the Christian tradition of Black Pete is under attack and it will soon be abolished. In Italy, Catholic priests this year canceled Christmas to "avoid offending Muslims".

The final result of Europe's self-destructive secularism could seriously be a Caliphate, in which the fate of its ancient and beautiful churches recapitulates those in Constantinople, where the Hagia Sophia, for thousand years Christianity's greatest cathedral, was recently turned into a mosque. The muezzin's call now reverberates inside this Christian landmark for the first time in 85 years.

Islamic terrorists targeted Christmas in Berlin, but it is the Christian secularists who are abolishing it all over Europe.

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Please, spare us the rantings of Gatestoned Institutionalized at least for today.

Muh Raf's picture

Muslims haven't asked Christians to give up their faith and beliefs. This is the secularist Humanists using the label of 'offence' to prise these public statements of faith from society. These secularist clowns hate all faiths and once they've destroyed the Christian heritage they'd like to finish off the Muslim traditions too. And who better to lead the jihaad against Islaam than the Saudis?

Manthong's picture

Well, the good news is that ancient Germanic rituals include eating the heads and guts of enemies.

.. but are they halal?

tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) Manthong Dec 25, 2016 7:20 PM

In America, the usual suspects (hint: not Muslims) are attacking Christmas under the guise it's paganism.

SafelyGraze's picture

"Netherlands, the Christian tradition of Black Pete is under attack"


tylerz has gotten on board about Black Pete, the mockery symbol of the centuries-old slave trading business that has been the foundation of the netherlands

good job tylers, and thanks to all the zh readers who made this a google-trends topic during the holiday season!

zwarte piet the blackface stereotyping embodiment of dutch tradition


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) SafelyGraze Dec 25, 2016 8:43 PM

This is why they are there, to destroy Christian Europe and why the gay left supports them being there.


Bad Attitude's picture

I'm of the opinion that if we, as Christians, are being forced to surrender historic sites to the muslims, we should just level them instead and salt the earth with the blood of pigs. It is a crime against humanity to surrender our culture to those seventh century throwbacks.

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all!

Forward (over the cliff)!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bad Attitude Dec 26, 2016 12:27 AM

Muslims built the mosque of Cordoba, it was half theirs when they conquered Spain and shared it for like 50 yrs then purchased the other half and built the mosque.

Our people are abandoning Christianity in record numbers, they are embracing brutal Marxism where the elites take the whole pie. Capitalism at least they leave something for us.

Truth is organized Christianity has become perverted. Remember all those televangelists that were gay, having affairs, stealing money etc. Then the Catholic priests molesting CHOIR BOYS!!

It's us, we destroyed our own world. Why is John McCain still a Senator in Arizona? Why is that homo Lindsay Graham still a Senator?

Why is bailout queen Nancy Pelosi still elected with 80% of the vote?

BigDuke6's picture

My dad wasted his life as a vicar sad to say.
The more I see of Christianity I say let it die
The less people led to believe that shitholes in the fuckn "holy land" mean anything the better
Fuck the whole place and its tribes

Kidbuck's picture

The gay left drools over the exotic fresh meat, right up until that meat turns on them and kills them.

Kefeer's picture

Anyone who writes what you wrote and call themselves a Muslim is not a Muslim by any standard.

Muh Raf's picture

How can you make such a ridiculous assertion? Travel the Muslim lands and see with your own eyes the behaviour of Muslims towards Christian and Jewish faith. I made a tour of Morocco this year with my Catholic wife and we visited the Churches, Cathedral and Shrines there, where she also offered prayers. I've seen the newer Churches in the UAE and Kuwait, as well as the ancient ones in Syria. Under Muslim rule of Syria, before this recent CIA backed attempted coup, the ancient Syriac Churches and their communities have been protected and preserved. Preserved to the extent that these are the last Churches where the liturgy is offered in ancient Syriac, a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus, peace be upon him and his mother. Muslims protected this legacy for 1400+ years before this useless white trash backed attempt at regime change under the guise of some pathetic 'urban' Khalif who is not described in any of the Islaamic end time prophecies.

amadeus39's picture

Don't go to another culture and try to impose your culture.  The old saying, When in Rome do as the Romans. Is that so difficult to understand?


drendebe10's picture

Progressive liberal democraps love to jam there bullsht agenda down the throats of everyone else because they know better.  How us that any different with muslims who try/want to impose their relugious beluefs and laws in countries they have immigrated to?  

Muh Raf's picture

Impose their beliefs? What, like the Christians in Tehran It's also interesting that there is a large Orthodox Jewish community in Iran that hate Israel and to this day prefer living under the safety and security of their Shi'ite government. Very odd that they weren't on the first stage out of town to their promised Holy Land in order to end their personal Diaspora. Very odd indeed. They must know something that their brethren in faith/ethnicity don't. Same goes for all those Israelite (i.e. Sephardic) Jews who prefer to remain en masse (pun intended) in Maroc.

innertrader's picture

NOT AT ALL...... untill you want control of Rome!

Muh Raf's picture

You cheeky t*ss*r. Pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot. Folks that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones etc etc.

List of US forces worldwide as at 2007, before the 'Arab spring' US military outreach in Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. And of course this list doesn't include all the covert op facilities/presence such as the drone bases in Saudi etc, nor the US tax payer funded mercenary facilities worldwide.

"the US operates and/or controls between 700 and 800 military bases Worldwide.

In this regard, Hugh d’Andrade and Bob Wing’s 2002 Map 1 entitled “U.S. Military Troops and Bases around the World, The Cost of ‘Permanent War’”, confirms the presence of US military personnel in 156 countries.

The US Military has bases in 63 countries. Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries.

In total, there are 255,065 US military personnel deployed Worldwide.

These facilities include a total of 845,441 different buildings and equipments. The underlying land surface is of the order of 30 million acres. According to Gelman, who examined 2005 official Pentagon data, the US is thought to own a total of 737 bases in foreign lands. Adding to the bases inside U.S. territory, the total land area occupied by US military bases domestically within the US and internationally is of the order of 2,202,735 hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide (Gelman, J., 2007)."


wwzmach's picture

Any excuse for Marxism will do

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Mass_hysteria (not verified) Dec 25, 2016 6:03 PM

The christians are sleeping, very dumb people in general. They are being deceived on a massive scale. I don't have to tell you by (((who))) 


This is not a joke folks, you can ignore it how much you want but the facts remain, there is a certain group of people in this world that have total control over the economy = the nation. 


here's a hint: the gays and transgenders didn't exist until they came into the west

Kefeer's picture

I doubt you can articulate the difference between a real Christian and that which is not.  Tell me this; is their a Creator and how do you know?

Ignatius's picture

What I know is that however clever we humans are -- and we are clever -- we didn't create this playground universe.

That should be humbling enough thought for anyone.  The clarity falls off in shades from there.

Huh-Wuh's picture

There is a creator.

Whenever I look deep inside, I realize I AM.

Try it sometime!



peddling-fiction's picture

Will you create a new sky with your creation skills?


<-- Ouch, the truth bites you in the rear


Or will you deform mountains with your I AM thoughts?

Or will it be limited to your own sphere of limited and personal, social influence?

Huh-Wuh's picture

Excuse double post.



amadeus39's picture

Sorry to obviate your intellectual dwarfism, but homosexuality and other sexualities deviant from the norm have always existed in all countries and all cultures. It's a genetic thing but don't ask me why it continues to survive as I'm at a loss to explain its survival value.


BlussMann's picture

The homos and trans (if any to speak of) were well in the closet and generally dealt with harshly. They were not celebrated, allowed to parade their filth in the streets or made a preferred class. The sick and dying Europe and USSA are examples of what happens in final decline. A sick an wretched people. 

OverTheHedge's picture

“The homos and trans (if any to speak of) were well in the closet and generally dealt with harshly" Only if you think that history started in1760. In the real world, most differently normal people were integrated into their communities without problem, and without much in the way of stigma or retribution. Whilst the Greeks invented sex, it took the Italians to try doing it with women.

Being entirely heterosexual myself, I don't really care for or about mincing queerness, but I don't see the need to persecute the poor buggers just because of a made-up religion that enforces violent retribution on non-compliance with its fake morality, specifically designed to force a break with the culture in place 2,000 years ago (in other words, the prevailing accepting, non-judgemental pre-Christian culture.

What I'm probably trying to say, post Christmas day, is that Christianity isn't actually very Christian, which is an entertainingly apposite time of year to make the point.


Akzed's picture

Don't worry, you didn't obviate anything but your own credibility. The practice of inserting a penis in one's mouth or anus is a learned behavior for either sex and has nothing to do with genetics.

Mazzy's picture

I think it may be Epi-Genetic.  So when someone says that they were "born" that way, what they really mean is that their nurtured environment allowed their genes to "switch" some hormones on and others off.

I am not sure how it is a survival mechanism, but like almost all others it is likely related to food consumption and diet.

Yes, you heard it here first from Mazzy: homosexuality is likely to be Epigenetic.  That is still no excuse for being a flamboyant asshole or shoving your sexuality in the faces of others or even out in public at all.  Privacy and decorum are key features of civilization.

wwzmach's picture

Hollow traditions that were based on made up stories and or stolen from paganism were never going to last forever. We need a replacement though not marixism.

GRDguy's picture

It really amazes me just how violent supposely non-violent people get when others believe in lies that don't match their own lies. Seems an awfully silly human trait. Why not just leave folks alone to believe in whatever lies they wish to believe in.

Global Hunter's picture

The last 2 years but especially the last year I have stopped censoring myself and speak my mind...I notice how quiet my email and phone have been this Christmas as my liberal family and friends have decided to not speak to me.  For a group that prides itself on tolerance they are also very intolerant, and I suspect they will resort to violence next.

Happy Christmas to all ZHers, I am here with my immediate family and my Mother/Father, Mother-in-law who are normal people and thankful for them.  My libtard family and friends can wallow in the anger, misery and hell they have brought upon themselves.

amadeus39's picture


'That's not very christian of you. Surely you must help those less fortunate and less happy than you.


billwilson2's picture

Personally I have given up wasting my time talking to conservatives who live in an alternate reality devoid of reason, science and facts - and instead believe in imaginary gods, fake news and trump. I have better things to do that argue with morons.

Oldwood's picture

That's because the debate is over...right?

Akzed's picture

Hillary lost because fake news and Russia ha ha ha ha ah ha ah!

IntTheLight's picture

Because the progressives, a majority of whom are Arab, African and Hispanic, are at the forefront of science, math, philosophy and innovation? Wow. Talk about magical thinking.

Conservatives simply wish to conserve what is good. Finding gay parades degrading isn't regressive. Finding oneself appalled by obese, slovenly dressed American adults parading around in baggy pants and sweat pants, with half their fat exposed is a normal reaction to such decadence and flight from dignity.

The goal of progressives appears to wish that we all live as savages. No personal responsibility and no accountability. And progressivism believes that only whites must hold themselves to standards of perfection or be attacked when they don't meet standards that no other race meets.

Very tiresome.

amadeus39's picture

That's fine until those believers attempt to force their beliefs on others.


Kefeer's picture

Exactly how can anyone force their belief's onto someone else; can I convince you that Jesus is the Christ?  See what I mean; that is a straw-man argument and always has been.

amadeus39's picture

If so, why do you keep trying?


amadeus39's picture

And have you not heard the phrase: "Tyrany of the majority"?


Huh-Wuh's picture

Maybe the Inquistion is a good example?

The nice long course of torture and stake-burnings seemed to pretty much get everyone singing from the same page.

IntTheLight's picture

After 700 years of Islamic rule, the Spanish simply wanted to be Spanish. Why do you respect the rights of Africans to simply be lead by Africans, Arabs by Arabs, Chinese by Chinese but the indigenous Europeans must allow themselves to be conquered by these same groups? Unless of course you hate the European peoples and wish them either dead or conquered?

IntTheLight's picture

And buddy, whites made South Africa a powerhouse. Then the Africans poured in and claimed Africa belongs to Africa and America forced whites out. Now the remaining whites face obliteration and are violently killed daily without a peep of outrage from social justice warriors. And Africa begs for money and gets it from kind, generous whites in America and Europe. After killing the golden goose.

Look at Zimbabwe and the Congo. They are completely incapable of maintaining what whites built. The science, engineering, and sheer force of will to maintain civilization left when they shoved them out. So Africans do there what they do here, shake down whites.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"Convert, or I will cut off your head." ...Muslim to unbeliever.

Akzed's picture

Like forcing Christian caterers/photogs/florists/bakers/mucisians to serve sodomist "weddings"? Is that what you mean?

laomei's picture

Women should never be allowed in politics or allowed to vote. This is what happens.