This is really not too surprising: Dutch Catholics can’t call the penitential season before Easter Lent. From the Telegraph (UK):
Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lent fast as the “Christian Ramadan” in an attempt to appeal to young people who are more likely to know about Islam than Christianity.The Catholic charity Vastenaktie, which collects for the Third World across the Netherlands during the Lent period, is concerned that the Christian festival has become less important for the Dutch over the last generation.
The image of the Catholic Lent must be polished. The fact that we use a Muslim term is related to the fact that Ramadan is a better-known concept among young people than Lent,” said Vastenaktie Director, Martin Van der Kuil.
The Christian “brand” shows great market weakness; need to pump it up in terms more familiar to the young ‘uns. Unfortunately, this is no surprise, given the continuing secularization of Western Europe among those who formerly had been Christian. More accurately, those who formerly had been born into Christian families.
While no one may know with any certainty what is in the hearts of Dutch Christians, by the usual measure of church attendance, Holland, along with most of the rest of Western Europe, is now a Christian desert. Secular. And this has created a vacuum of sorts, a vacuum of faith. Which has been filled by Muslim immigrants.
Both as a matter of faith, and as a matter of sheer demographics, the future of Europe is beginning to look more and more Islamic. Whether Bat Ye’or’s book, Eurabia, is a rallying cry to action before it is too late, or the ravings of an Islamophobe, there is gathering evidence that Islam is having a far-too-great influence on Europe.
“Christian Ramadan” is just one datum, however egregious it sounds to actual Christians. It is time that Christians reclaim what is ours.