Monday, October 16, 2006

Dutch Suicide Watch

From NIS (via Dhimmi Watch):
The CNV trade union federation feels that a Muslim feast should be introduced as a bank holiday in the Netherlands. The Christian trade union federation is willing to sacrifice a Christian holiday.

CNV vice chairman Rienk van Splunder wishes "to offer Muslims the freedom to practice their faith". The federation is prepared to sacrifice Whit Monday or Easter Monday for a free day during the Sugar Festival. This is the feast day held to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.
Anybody know how much support there is in Holland for such an act of cringing abasement?

Update October 17. I think this article says that the Dutch parliament has rejected the idea, stating that existing legislation allows employees to sort out their days off. However, it looks like the CNV will continue lobbying for an officially recognised Muslim bank holiday. Here's the Babelfish translation, which I hope clears the matter up:
The proposal of trade union CNV to exchange second pinksterdag second paasdag or for an Islamic holiday in, gets no support of CDA and PvdA in the House of Commons. Cda-kamerlid Gerda Verburg finds it ` sympathetic idea that employees can take a free day for their religious holiday, but employers and employees can regulate that according to its better itself in a collective labour agreement...

` we find that álle Dutch, therefore not only Christian, the space must get their religious holidays to celebrate, say to head communication Jos Stuart in an explanation. A number of collective labour agreements offers to people now already the possibility second of exchanging pinksterdag in for for example the Suikerfeest. But it appears so far not possible get this regulated in all collective labour agreements. In a time in which everyone has it concerning integration and lives together this a next step is. Because why the right has the one Dutchman wèl to be religious celebrate holidays and must the other one especially rather for that take? piece of furniture boulevard To blame that it CNV the Christian standards and values scramble at throws, finds he not correct. The association has had consultation concerning giving up the second religious days with churches. ` strictly speaking are second paas - or pinksterdag from ecclesiastical point of view no holiday. It have become days on which many people go to the piece of furniture boulevard.
So there you have it:
"To blame that it CNV the Christian standards and values scramble at throws, finds he not correct."
Can't say I'm convinced. However, it's nice to see that it isn't just Brits who like to go to the piece of furniture boulevard on bank holidays.

(Hat tip William in the comments)


Anonymous JuliaM said...

"CNV vice chairman Rienk van Splunder wishes "to offer Muslims the freedom to practice their faith"."

Strange, I thought they were free to practice their faith. As are the moonies, baptists, hindus, sikhs, Scientologists, etc....

If these groups don't get bank holidays for their holy days, why should the Muslims......?

4:49 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Do the trades unions set national policy and bank holidays in Holland?

I agree with your including Scientology in your list, DfH, and you should have included Moonies, too. If you're going to have one cult, islam, mentioned, might as well mention the others. As far as I'm concerned, mohammad was the L Ron Hubbard of Mecca.

6:21 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

"The Christian trade union federation is willing to sacrifice a Christian holiday."

Ooooh, the symbolism: a Christian holiday makes way for an Islamic one. Islamists will love that.

If this holiday goes ahead, then will the Dutch prohibit the sale of alcohol and pork? And will gambling be outlawed too? Will women have to dress up like daleks for the day?

Okay, so the last suggestion is silly - for now - but if I were an Islamist activist I would demand that the Dutch authorities should avoid 'offending' Muslims by allowing pork, alcohol and lottery tickets to be sold on this holy day - the 987th holiest day in the Islamic calendar.

I mean, Christians and Muslims must "create freedom and respect for one another" by making sure that governments do exactly what Islamist groups say, must they not?

6:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll never happen here.....will it...??

7:40 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Clematis Fraudster - Good post. This is exactly the way they operate - with the honour of a trader in the back alleys of the souk. You are correct that once they got their holy day - and actually, I doubt that they will, the next step would be to ban everything on that day out of "respect". People who tried to buy alcohol on that day would be dubbed "Islamophobic". Someone frying bacon would be "insulting islam".

Well, if ever a religion/cult deserved to be insulted, affronted and the object of massive disrespect, discourtesy, contempt, contumely and opprobrium - it's islam.

anonymous - It seems less likely that it would happen here since the subject of the veil/burqa/chador/niqab/hijab has been getting such an airing.

The disreputable and odious muslim council must be feeling distinctly queasy. Granted, the fragrant Boy Bunglawallah always looks distinctly queasy.

8:04 pm  
Anonymous max said...

Last year the kids still went to search for easter eggs around the neigbourhood here in Groningen. It is more of a tradition than it is religious. I suspect that people in the north of Holland won't take it well. On the other hand, knowing more Dutchies than is healthily recommended (more or less), I'd say that the important thing to a clog about a holiday is that it's a holiday. As long as it's 'een lekker vakantie' it doesn't matter who's responsible :)

And then again, take a look at the Dam - The middle of Amsterdam:

Quick translation: It's organized by a 'blahblah dialog' organization 'to promote respect and understanding'.

8:07 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

max - thank you for a most invigorating post. What language was it in?

8:20 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

What the unfortunate Dutch are doing today, YOU will be doing tomorrow...............How many wake-up calls do you need?

2:42 am  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Brits are FAR better cringers than the proud of it!

2:47 am  
Anonymous William said...

The "suggestion" has been withdrawn following an inundation of negative reactions from members. There is however support among the membership for measures that enable non-christians to observe their own religious holidays.

12:28 pm  

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