Christian festival curbed as concession to Muslims
German schools worry about feelings of refugees
By Cheryl Chumley
Several schools in Germany have canceled an annual Christian celebration named after Saint Martin and replaced it with the more generic and secular “festival of lights” in consideration of the feelings of thousands of Muslims who’ve migrated to the country in recent days.
On top of that, numerous Dusseldorf daycare centers have outright abolished the celebration altogether, due to “consideration for the refugees,” Infowars reported, citing the Epoch Times.
As Pamela Geller reported on her blog, PamelaGeller.com, the notice of name-change has he dispute over the Saint Martin’s festival has been around for some time,” she wrote. “The left[ist] politician Rudiger Sagel struck two years ago … [and said] the festival should … be renamed to ‘sun, moon and stars’-fest.”
She also opined: “These migrants are coming to our countries from failed, devastated cultures. When and why was it decided that we have to mute and censor our traiditons and mores for theirs – a failed society that suffocates and destroys? They are running from devastation and failure; why adopt that?”
Infowars reported Sagel also said those in the country “should not impose the Christian tradition,” he said.
The Feast of St. Martin is held on November 11 each year to recognize a Roman soldier who was later baptized and became a monk. He’s known as a patron saint of the poor. The festival has been celebrated as a Christian tradition for decades.