The Red Cross in the Liege province of Belgium, near the border with the Netherlands and Germany, has ordered all 28 of its facilities to remove all Christian crosses and crucifixes on its walls in order to appear religiously neutral, according to the Belgian news outlet 7Sur7, and which was also covered and translated by Breitbart News in London.
Andre Rouffart, president of the Red Cross house in Verviers, in the Liege province, said an email was sent to the 28 Red Cross houses in Liege instructing the facilities "to respect the principles of the Red Cross, which is to say no distinction given to religion or race."
The Red Cross organization is "neutral," in that, as a humanitarian aid group it does not take sides in hostilities "or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature," states its website. Its symbol, the red cross on a white background, is the inverse of the Swiss flag (white on red), which traces its origins back to the time of Christendom and the Christian Emperor Charlemagne.
The situation in Liege, however, concerns crucifixes or Christian crosses hanging on the walls inside of Red Cross buildings.
According to 7Sur7, some Red Cross volunteers did complain about the email directive. One volunteer said, "Let things remain as they are. We used to say 'Christmas holidays,' now it's 'winter holidays.' The Christmas market in Brussels has become the 'Winter Pleasures.'"
Andre Rouffart said, "For a certain part of the population they think it is because of the Muslims that the crosses were removed in the Red Cross houses and, more particularly, in that of Verviers, but that has absolutely nothing to do with it."
In addition to its original Red Cross symbol, the Red Cross organization uses a red crescent on white background. This latter symbol is used in Muslim countries because the traditional red cross on white is considered offensive by many Muslims.