How deep does the intellectual and moral cancer of secularism run? So deep that apparently now crosses are verboten at, er, the Red Cross.
Breitbart reports that in the name of nondiscrimination, the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège has sent an email to its Belgian branches directing them to remove crucifixes from the walls, a move to which many volunteers have naturally taken great umbrage:
Several volunteers spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTL and expressed hostility to the move, with one saying: “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 — because of the Muslims — the crosses were removed in the Red Cross houses and, more particularly, in that of Verviers,” the volunteer added.
The order follows the proposed removal of a cross in France which was located above a statue of Saint John Paul II in Ploërmel, Brittany. The move sparked outrage among many and led to the Polish and Hungarian government offering to take the cross.
“Such measures must be regarded as attempts to do away with the continent’s civilisation and culture,” commented Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó.
Red Cross in Verviers president André Rouffart attempted to minimize the negative reaction to the directive as “a storm in a teacup.” Well, we’ll see, won’t we?
Breitbart notes that this is neither the first nor even the most outrageous instance of the charity’s embrace of secular fundamentalism. Back in 2015, Breitbart reported that the Red Cross in Yorkshire had dismissed Bryan Barkley, a 71-year-old grandfather who had spent nearly two decades volunteering his time and work for the Red Cross, for the “offense” of engaging in a civil protest of same-sex marriage on his own personal time.
At the hearing [Red Cross Yorkshire operations director Andy] Peers told Mr Barkley the British Red Cross does not have a view on same-sex marriage because as a charity it is impartial and neutral. Yet on 8 August Bryan Barkley was informed the Red Cross was withdrawing his “opportunity to volunteer” with immediate effect […]
[Barkley’s] voluntary work related to the Red Cross’s international tracing and message service (ITMS), an endeavour to reunite families that have lost touch with members. When he completed his 70th case in 2011 the British Red Cross newsletter made him its poster boy, with a fulsome tribute: “Bryan is an extremely conscientious and committed volunteer. He has been involved in cases all around the world taking each case in his stride, no matter how long it takes him to complete.”
But all that conscientious humanitarian service counts for nothing because he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. The Coalition for Marriage, which has provided Bryan Barkley with legal advice, has denounced the appeals process, claiming the Red Cross included his aggrieved criticisms of its handling of his case as new grounds for dismissal, without entering them in the records for the appeal. The Red Cross insists the appeal process is “exhausted”.
This is the essence of liberalism: imaginary slights against feelings matter more than real-world assistance to improve people’s lives. What a disgrace that this mentality has spread to an organization ostensibly dedicated to being “always there in times of need.”