Belgian Red Cross orders to remove crucifixes from its offices

Belgian Red Cross issued an order to their offices in Belgium to remove all the crucifixes to appear more neutral and impartial, Belgian media 7sur7 reports.

André Rouffart, president of the Red Cross in Verviers, said to RTL: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief.

The decision provoked debate among Red Cross volunteers. Marie-Claire Beuvens  underlined that “we used to say ‘Christmas holidays,’ now it’s ‘winter holidays.’ The Christmas market in Brussels has become the ‘Winter Pleasures.'”

Georges Gelard, another volunteer, laughed at the idea saying that at this point we should remove also the Red Cross flag since its emblem is a red cross with arms of equal length on a white background.