A German reader named maggieth sends us a translation accompanied by this note:
The following article from Die Welt shows the grade of dhimmitude the Netherlands has reached.
The court in the Netherlands now allows a (female) Muslim bus driver to wear a scarf, but a Christian may not wear a cross. I was so shocked that I had to translate the first half of it and send it to you.
And maggieth’s translation:
Shortly before Christmas, the Haagse Hogeschool wanted to do something good for their students. The university in the Dutch city of The Hague, Government decided, in a break from the past, not to set up a Christmas tree this year. The 19,000 students of non-Western origin, such was the reasoning, might be disturbed at the effect of a Christian symbol decorating the tree — which in turn could negatively affect future enrollment. Communications director Annelies van Rosmalen puts it in a nutshell: “The tree does not match the international character of the university.”
Many wonder since the “Christmas war at The Hague” whether the Dutchman just wants to be nice to the immigrants or — out of fear or a misguided sense of tolerance — to voluntarily throw their own culture over the side.
The case of the Christmas tree is in fact not an exception. Born in Egypt, Ezzat Aziz has had his own experiences.
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Since 1998 he has worked as a ticket inspector at the public transport company in Amsterdam. The 56-year-old in his work always bears a cross on his chest, because he is a Christian, a member of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority. But then the company forbade its employees to wear Christian symbols. “For reasons of professionalism” no jewelry should be worn over clothing, said company spokeswoman Petra Faber.
Aziz emigrated to Holland in 1984 and no longer understands the world: “I’m living in a democratic country where one has the right to profess his faith.” It did not help; Aziz was suspended from duty. He complained but the judge upheld the view of the employer. Jacqueline Koops, an attorney for Aziz, sees his fundamental rights as violated. “Amsterdam is a multicultural city. My client is being discriminated against. There are tram conductors and bus drivers in service allowed to wear a head scarf.” Aziz maintains silence on the instructions of his psychological superiors now — he has been banned from speaking.