Push to Eliminate the Christian Element of the Saint Martin Tradition in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Hessen
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Political
Tags: Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) | Intolerance towards Religious Symbols
Saint Martin, a Saint in the Catholic tradition, who was a Roman Soldier that went on to become the Bishop of Tours, is celebrated by a parade of lanterns, and is much appreciated in the community. In Hessen, another region of Germany, the Celebration was renamed „Sun-Moon-and-Star“ Celebration, because of a soup that is traditionally served there. The „Islamische Zeitung“ (Islamic News) found the whole thing to be „absurd“ and poses the question: „Why would Muslim children take offense to Saint Martin?“
After many protests the left wing party withdrew the suggestion arguing that St. Martin was an interculturally accepted celebration which they would not want to abolish.
Passauer Neue Presse www.pnp.de/region_und_lokal/stadt_und_landkreis_passau/passau_stadt/1101180_Sankt-Martin-abschaffen-Linken-Idee-sorgt-fuer-Entruestung.html