A critic of Islam says a recent decision in the Netherlands replacing Easter with an obscure Islamic celebration is just another example of the Islamization of Europe.
Recently the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Theo Thijssen school in Amsterdam has decided to replace the traditional Easter breakfast with the celebration of the Islamic Sugar Holiday, which is not even one of Islam's major events. According to the school, "it wants to give more attention to traditions of other cultures."
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, describes the move as "extraordinarily bad."
"What we have in the Netherlands, as well as in Sweden, is the replacement of several Christian public holidays with Islamic holidays," he summarizes.
In Spencer's opinion, the majority culture in Europe is basically abdicating its majority status. "It's essentially committing suicide," he adds.
"The idea of Islamic holidays being celebrated in European countries is a clear indication of Islamization and a harbinger of more to come," he continues, "because it's not as if the demands from Islamic groups are going to end now.
"On the contrary, they're only going to intensify [their demands] now that they see that the authorities are not interested in defending or preserving or protecting their own culture, but are cheerfully giving it up and favoring the culture of the new arrivals."
However, the Judicial Watch director says he would never say it's too late for Europe to turn things back around.
"Mohammad had many wives. One of his wives was nine years old – and they consummated the marriage shortly thereafter and she wasn't even physically mature at that point. So is that pedophilia? I think it is. And it's something that in Western society should be considered totally unacceptable.
"When you have a clash of Western values with the values of those who come into the country and try to change the country, people need to stand up and they need to say it. I admire anyone who comes out and says the truth about jihadist Islam and the dangers of it to Western society."
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'Blasphemy' case ruling
Meanwhile, a pro-Israel advocate labels as "dangerous" a recent court decision in Europe that effectively shuts down the free speech of anyone who seeks to the tell the truth about the Muslim religion.
The European Union's Court of Human Rights ruled last week against an Austrian human rights activist who courageously pointed out during a lecture that the prophet Mohammad consummated his marriage to a six-year-old girl when she was nine. "What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?" she asked, wanting to warn about the practice of marriage of minors in Islam.
Muslim supremacist groups called the statement blasphemy and the court ruled in their favor, effectively invalidating the activist's freedom of expression saying it infringed upon the right of others to have their religious feelings protected. (Case name: E.S. v. Austria)
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says the ruling not only chills free speech – it also doesn't bode well for future generations.
"Political correctness has been pervasive within Europe. It's growing here in the United States, but to not be able to speak the truth?" she remarks to OneNewsNow.
"Think about how this is going to affect future generations," she continues. "They won't be able to educate their children about the true history of Islam and the threats that have happened in their community. They can't talk about the religion of Islam or somebody who's a member of the religion of Islam for fear that they're going to be accused of promoting hate speech against Muslims.
"This is very dangerous. It is outrageous that it's going on," she concludes.
Grégor Puppinck with the European Centre for Law & Justice concurs, stating: "The only true reason for this decision is the fear of Muslims."
Editor's note: Comments from Laurie Cardoza-Moore re: the ECHR decision added after story was originally posted.
11/1/2018 - Rubin's comments added.