John on January 4, 2006 at 9:08 am
A couple of recent stories caught my attention. The first was this one about a popular line of jeans in Sweden featuring a skull with an upside down cross on the label. [HT: Pearcey Report] Those buying the jeans seem not to care, but the designer himself admits that this was meant as a statement:
“It is an active statement against Christianity,” Atldax told The Associated Press. “I’m not a Satanist myself, but I have a great dislike for organized religion.”
Then today there is this story about couples in the Netherlands queing up to get married on a Tuesday. Why a Tuesday? Because it’s Tuesday, June 6, i.e. 6-6-06.
Expatica reports 17 couples have already applied to marry in the Dutch city of Enschede on June 6 so far, though normally there are only two to three weddings in the city on a Tuesday.
I think the overall picture this gives me is not that of a culture which doesn’t care about Christianity, but one which seems to nourish a hatred of it. Given the trouble these countries have been having with Islamic immigrants, including assasinations in the streets and the recent news of car burnings in France and Belgium, one has to wonder why the hatred is focused on Christianity and not Islam. Perhaps because there’s no danger of being stabbed in the street by Christians?
In the first quote above, the designer expresses his distaste for “organized religion”, but I think the focus on Christianity makes it clear that even he can see that not all organized religions are alike.
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