November 24, 2013
In Saarland’s Homburg, a decision has very consciously been made to rename this year’s “Christmas bazaar” in the child centre of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Awo) [Workers’ Welfare Association] in Birkensiedland. But it has little to do with the fact that the pre-Christmas festival takes place on the afternoon of the 23 November, just before the Sunday of the Dead [last Sunday before Advent, in which the dead are commemorated]. Rather, the “Market of Colourful Diversity” is to be understood as a very deliberate contribution to multiculturalism. “Our idea with this is to pay respect, especially to the children from Muslim families,” explains the nursery director Ulrike Agne-Stutzenberger when asked about the decision by JUNGE FREIHEIT. Sixty per cent of the around 180 small children come, to quote, “from over 20 nations”.
However the suggestion to sacrifice the Advent festival with the oriental name “Bazaar” did not come from the parents of the children, but followed instructions from the nursery operator’s AWO [Workers’ Welfare Association], Agne-Stutzenberger admits. As one of their “Annual objectives 2013”, all AWO nurseries were tasked with “going very much on the offensive to strength the Willkommenskultur [Welcoming Culture]”.
Translation via Islam Versus Europe.