Brussels Bans Annual Christmas Tree Display – It May Offend Muslims

(Brussels Travel Guide)

Brussels replaced its popular Christmas tree exhibit this year at the city center due to concerns that it may offend the local Muslim population.
The Right Perspective reported:

Government officials in Brussels, Belgium banned Wednesday a popular Christmas tree exhibit out of concerns that the local Muslim population found it “offensive.”

An “electronic winter tree,” will take the place of the traditional Christmas Tree and Nativity scene at the city center of Grand Place, reports Brussels News.

The electronic sculpture will stand 25 meters (82 feet) tall and consists of a set of television screens, reports Brussels Expat. “During the daytime you can climb to the top of the tree where you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city,” the website explains. “As soon as it becomes dark the tree turns into a spectacle of light and sound. Every ten minutes an amazing show will unfold.”

City councilwoman Bianca Debaets believes a “misplaced argument” over religious sensitivities has moved Brussels to put up the light sculpture. She points to the fact that it display not be referred to “Christmas” in any way to make her point.

“I suspect that the reference to the Christian religion was the decisive factor” in replacing the tree, she told reporters. “For a lot of people who are not Christians, the tree there is offensive to them.”

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  • briscuit

    I think they should ban Christmas for all except Christians. All Christians can register, buy a tree, decorate their homes inside, and shop at only Christian stores. No other store decorations or Christmas music. And let us watch the economy drop. But hey, the atheists and the muslims will be gleeful.

  • Opus#6@AmericanPerspective

    I giant tree of television screens? Sounds like Charlie Brown’s tin trees. Bah!

  • zed

    Well, as a Christian, it offends me not to have it. Perhaps I should voice my displeasure by lighting my house on fire and screening death to belgium

  • Patty

    Many cities in Belgium have thriving Muslim populations. A 2008 study showed Muslims make up 25.5-percent of the population of Brussels, 3.9-percent of Flanders, and 4.0-percent of Wallonia.

    Two Muslims elected to the Brussels city council last month have vowed to turn Belgium into a Muslim state based on Sharia law, as previously reported.

    “Must a historic city like Brussels be sensitive to traditions? And should be a multi-religious city like Brussels not leave room for the individuality of every philosophy?,” Debaets asks.

    Other city officials insists the move was not made to placate Muslims or other groups. Nicolas Dassonville, spokesman for Mayor Thielemans (PS), said the Nativity scene will remain at Grand Place

    The tree’s sponsor, electricity generator Electrabel, made the move to put up the electronic sculpture this year, Dassonville said.

  • Granny

    Have they banned muslim praying in the streets yet? Didn’t think so . . .

  • Patty

    Two Muslims elected to the Brussels city council last month have vowed to turn Belgium into a Muslim state based on Sharia law, as previously reported.

    Now, this is where the people of Brussels have gone very wrong. They are like us. Remember the 1 person who objected about the Pledge of Alliance being said, then I believe it had to go all the way to state court.

    Remember the one bug that stop construction on highway. Remember one person making a BIG DIFFERENCE.

    Now, you are seeing that an entire city and then it becomes a Nation changing their Tradition.


  • Remco Kimber

    World’s longest list,


  • Corky Boyd

    Breaking News!

    Saudi Arabia announces an ecumenical Haj for Mecca next year. In an effort not to offend Christians, Jews or animists, all faiths will be invited to Mecca to reinforce their faith.

    Fat chance!

  • tek

    I think, from time to time, about an elderly Jew I used to work with. He was especially gracious about goofy things, like being asked how Jews celebrate Christmas. For years now, we’ve had a holiday party at work; I don’t celebrate holiday,myself, for religious reasons.

    We need to stop catering to the professionally offended.

  • Darth Chipmunk

    Hooray for diversity!! I’m so glad we’re more inclusive to our peaceful Muslim brothers. After all, anything that might offend, rightly SHOULD be removed. Of course, within a few years Christianity itself will offend Muslims, so Brussels will be making some more changes to avoid offense…

    Do you think New Your City will stop illuminating the skyscraper green for a Muslim Holiday if I point out that I’m offended?

  • Patty

    Muslim Congressman: American schools should be modeled after Madrassas

    Remember the Muslim Congressman who explained to Muslims that he voted in 2009 to support Israel but not because he supported Israel? Well André Carson is now telling Muslims that American schools should be modeled after Madrassas, you know, the ones “where the foundation is the Qu’ran”: VIDEO HERE

    you don’t like it vote them out. 1 ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE OUR TRADITIONS?

    Better start electing more conservatives. Or stand up.

  • Dale


  • ms Catholic state

    Brussels is evil and is of Satan!! Fight this with all your might. Christ is Our Divine Lord and King.

  • TeachX3

    Nobody on this earth has the right not to be offended. I, personally, am offended every single day in one way or another. I’m a follower of Christ Jesus and Biblical laws, I’m conservative, I’m white, I’m female, etc… etc… so, living in this world, how could I NOT be offended?! But I don’t force others to change in order to comfort me. I don’t go around complaining about every little thing that offends me. This world is so full of offensive things, I would have to barricade myself into a little box, just not to be offended. OMGOSH not to mention the fact that I am surrounded by AntiAmerican obama lovers… geeze, I have no where to hide! ugh.

  • Stella Horgan

    It offends me that they the Muslims have any imput at all…tell me what and how they contribute to a better society, tell me about their charitable contributions, tell be how they help the poor and care for the sick, tell me how they fight against abuse of children women and the elderly. TELL ME ONE GOOD THING THEY DO>

  • Laverne

    What the hell doesn’t offend these camel humpers? People better stand up and use your freedom to defend our freedoms because we are losing our freedoms pretty damned fast!
    Stand up for your freedoms!!!

  • The real Wow

    #5 November 10, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Granny commented:

    Exactly what I was going to say. They can do anything. We have to accept. Well Hell no!

  • spudnik

    I wonder if they would see the issue differently if Christians responded to being offended by killing people and burning things.

  • Freddy

    How soon will they be required to remove all Churches as they are ‘offensive’ to some of the people?

    Oddly, this is one of the reasons people have left Europe to come to the US for many years.

    Of course, since we are now embarking on the same path of hatred towards Christians, it is unclear what these people will do once they become the minority in an Islamic culture.

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