It has been reported that Red Cross is being criticized after employees received orders telling them to remove crucifixes from their walls. Apparently, the organization is trying to be more secular, and hence as Christmas time approaches they wish to remove Christian imagery from their stores.
This order impacts the Belgian branches of the international aid organization. The order came in the form of an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liege to remove all crucifixes. The president of Red Cross, Andre Rouffart, said that they want to "respect the principles of red cross" and therefore do not want to distinguish based on race or religious belief.
In other words, the president of the organization fully agrees with the order and thinks that removing Christian imagery from the store is a way of being more inclusive. But there has been pushback from red cross volunteers who do not think it is a good idea to remove Christ from the organization's walls.
"I think it's a storm in a teacup," responded the red cross president to critics, in an attempt to downplay their outrage.
It was reported on Monday morning that volunteers have expressed outrage over the move. They think it's not only offensive to their religious tradition, but also to the Christian holiday that the country will be celebrating at the end of December as the Mass of the Nativity of the Lord, the "Christ Mass," approaches.
According to one volunteer, “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.... the crosses were removed in the Red Cross houses and, more particularly, in that of Verviers,” the volunteer added.
In France, a cross was recently removed from its hanging place above a statue of St. Pope John Paul II in Ploermel, Brittany. This move also caused outrage among many and even promoted the Polish and Hungarian government to offer to take the cross, according to Breitbart.
Recently, President Trump said in a speech that Christmas is not merely a commercialized holiday, but rather a special day that celebrates "the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
"For Christians, this is a Holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God's love for all of humanity, " he said, according to LifeSite.
"Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world," he said.
"Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are – each one of us is a child of God," he added.
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