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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  • kk41192

    For those who don’t believe in God or celebrating Christmas, let them all work that day.

  • Vic Kelley

    There should be no muslims in Belgium. It’s a disgrace that their immigration policy gives asylum and financial aid to arab and african rotters. They are not immigrants; muslims don’t go to Europe to work. They are invaders. muslims run prostitution, drug trafficking, and other criminal rackets in Europe. I pity the native Europeans and am angry at them for not fighting back.

  • Charlie R.

    What’s next? Will Germany ban Oktoberfest because the sight of people drinking beer might be offensive to Muslims? Will all European women be forced to wear burkas because the sight of women’s faces is offensive to Muslims? Muslims who make a choice to move to Europe should have to adapt to Europe’s culture. Instead, the spineless Europeans keep making one concession after another in an attempt to appease the Muslims. They can’t seem to figure out that appeasement doesn’t work with Muslims because they will ALWAYS make more demands.

  • shadow

    boycott all things Brussels like Brussels Sprouts!

    Perhaps you can rename them Freedom Sprouts, a la Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.

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  • Monkey Wrench


    You are so right, Shadow! And no more vacations to Brussels. I’ll vacation in Branson, MO instead! Or maybe Panama City, FL!

  • http://. WillofLa

    And here we go, another country who believes that it is better to abandone ages long customs and traditions, instead display their fear of what some Muslims might do or say concerning their overly sensitive sensibilities and put up some neutral display that the government thinks won’t “offend” Muslims.

    Here’s the deal. When you go to another country you are under THAT countries customs, traditions, habits, cullenary choices and anything else that exibits who that country is and has been for ages. You don’t move to another country and because you see something that might offend you, you can’t expect that country to change that thing so that you won’t see anything you don’t like. And if it does then something is wrong with that countries people, representatives, and government. No one does that if they care about their own customs and traditions and would never change them just for one group who have laws in THEIR nations that prohibit changing anything in order to accomodate somebody else’s religious beliefs or religious customs, so why would any other none Islamic country change theirs?

    I agree with countries like New Zealand and Holland that say if you don’t like it…..then you are free to leave….if you move here to our country and don’t adopt our way of life, then get the hell out, we don’t want you here raising hell about something that has nothing to do with you and belongs to us, not you!!!

    Belgium, you’re a bunch of pussies!!

  • Annie

    I am offended that Christians do not take a stand against Islam. Somebody tell Belgium that tourism will be down considerably after this.

  • http://. WillofLa

    What needs to be done is everytime some Muslim moves to your country then the first thing they are required to do is blend in with the population in that country. No burka’s, no night gowns for men, no turbin’s, no public prayer rugs used by Muslims to do their praying five times a day no matter where they are. What happened to hearing about some airports providing “prayer rooms” complete with washing facilities just for Muslims, but no chapels for Christian’s whatsoever. We used to hear about that kind of stuff going on here in America then you didn’t hear anymore about it. And the opposition to that huge a** mosque in Nashville that American citizen’s don’t want built? That’s the same as the mosque being built at “ground zero” in New York. Why don’t we see more people harrassing Bloomberg about that and the fact that he refused to send the New York National Guard to the areas damaged by Sandy because……..”they had guns.” Can you believe that?

    What’s going to happen when Muslims are killing people and burning towns down because American’s offend them in the world? Do you think it will be bad enough for Bloomberg to send in the N.G. then? Or will he delay help like Obama did in Libya?

    Why is it liberals hate American’s but not what Islam stands for, and countries around the world are surrendering their customs to Muslim’s because they are afraid of what Muslims might do if they stand up to them and tell them to go back to the damn desert where they came from?

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  • Monkey Wrench



    “no more nightgowns for men”! That is so frickin hilarious! I work with some guys from India and sometimes they wear these long flowing dresses. I like your description better. Next time I should ask them if they just woke up, because they are wearing a nightgown! Hahaha!

    Are people from India Muslims? They sure do wear those nightgowns. And a couple of them wear those turbins. I think they are sheiks or seiks? They say they don’t cut their hair ever.

  • bubbah

    so, let me understand this completely, according to the powers that be only the muslims are allowed to do the offending …where do they get their idea of governance ??

  • Truck Monkey

    Will the last sane person out of europe turn out the lights?

  • feduptoo

    This will happen here! Mark my words, some are already trying. Just as the illegals marched in our streets to demand our laws be changed for them……many Muslims are already in Obama’s white house!

  • PacRim Jim

    American soldiers died to remove Nazi chains from Belgians.
    Then Belgians willingly put on Muslim chains.
    What a waste of American lives.

  • Jpct50

    Europe is gone….fini. All that is left to face the ‘offended’ muslims will be America and the Catholic Church.

  • Hening

    Release the Christmas Kracken!!!

  • mister natural

    Brussels just bent over and spread ’em

  • http://. WillofLa

    If we don’t want to see more problems than we already have which will eventually end up like these other countries in Europe who have had to abandone their traditions we had better make all effort to reinstate the ban on Muslims coming to the United States. We used to have a ban on Muslims coming to America from any and all Islamic countries who exported terrorists, terrorism, harbored terrorists, and/or supported Muslim terrorists. Well that was about every Middle Eastern country and most in Africa, like Libya and others.

    That was until damn Bill Clinton became President and one of the first things he did was to lift the ban on Muslims coming to the United States. All the Islamic terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 had come here after the ban was lifted. Why do liberals think we had that ban for? Because wiser men who knew liberals didn’t know what they were talking about, understood that Muslims were terrorists and would come here to kill Americans. And that’s exactly what they did, Islamic terrorist came here and killed American’s.

    Now do you dumb a**es see??? Do I need to repeat the saying? Well here it is anyway: “ALL MUSLIMS AREN’T TERRORISTS, BUT ALL TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS!!!” GET IT???!!!

    Now I can hear it now, the same b.s. coming from all you Libertarian’s, “You can’t deport all Muslims from America just like you can’t deport all Mexican’s.” Yeah, but you can make it so uncomfortable for them that they self deport, just like the Mexican’s have been doing. These dumb a**es think that just because Obama has been re-elected it means that they are going to get amnesty. WRONG!! I don’t care how many Presidential Directives Obama signs, the states can rebel against amnesty just like they are going to have to do in order to stop ObamaCare. The states can do alot of damage to Obama’s power by rejecting his authority by standing on our Tenth Amendment rights. 32+ states have voted to stand on their Tenth Amendment rights and reject ObamaCare and refuse to allow any part of ObamaCare to take place in these states health care and we are going to have to do that with Mexican’s and Muslims.


  • Brusselsmussels

    Two facts:

    The United Arab Emirates are so tolerant that Christmas trees are set up during Christmas, and not just simple Christmas trees!

    Sharia exists in the United Arab Emirates, however it only affects Muslims! Perhaps it is not such a problem after all for the Belgian population?