Disinfo: Germany removes baby Jesus from Christmas markets

Summary

What is going on in this super-tolerant, multicultural and hospitable Europe, where the dignity of every individual, his ideals and convictions, including his believes, are more important than everything else. We have France, where crosses are removed in order to avoid hurting the feelings of Muslim students. We have Denmark, where school cafeterias have forbidden the traditional pork meat-balls and anything containing pork. We have Germany or Holland, where all religious symbols are removed from Christmas markets – crucifixes, nativity scenes with baby Jesus. We have Britain and Ireland, where the word “Christmas” have been replaced with “Season’s Holidays” to appease “the guests”.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about migration, Islam and alleged threats to Christianity in Europe.

The article contains an entire catalogue of unfounded claims on Europeans, caving in for an onslaught of Muslims and abandoning their own traditions:

French legislation forbids any religious symbols in schools. Pork is served - in some towns even mandatory - in Danish school cafeterias. Nativity scenes with baby Jesus is a frequent element at Christmas markets all over Europe. Ireland and Britain use and celebrate Christmas.

Unfounded claims about Muslims posing a threat to Christmas have been debunked multiple times, see for example here and here.

Similar cases are: "Sweden cancelled Christmas TV concert not to irritate migrants", "France is banning Christmas symbols", or "In order not to aggravate people of other religions, there was no Christmas tree in Brussels".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ireland, Denmark, UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany
  • Keywords: migration, Christmas
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Protests in Poland are about falsified elections and economic problems, not about abortions

The revolution in Poland started because of the falsified elections and economic problems. Warsaw started to intervene in the affairs of another country, trying to inspire a riot in Belarus. Poland wanted to organise a revolution in Belarus, but now, they are facing this revolt themselves. The Polish women started to protest not because of the prohibition of abortions – this situation was the last straw. Andrzej Duda won the Presidential elections falsifying them – that is why everything [protests] started.

Disproof

An unfounded claim accusing the Polish authorities in the falsification of the recent Presidential elections and in alleged attempts to organise a revolution in Belarus. In addition, this message provides wrong information about the character of the protests taking place in Poland in connection to the recent prohibition of abortions due to severe health defects.

On October 22, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal announced that abortions due to severe birth defects are unconstitutional. This situation resulted in massive protests all over the country – according to the polls, between 66% and 73% of the Poles disagree with the decision of the Tribunal.

Brussels organised the protests in Poland because of its pro-American policies

Brussels and the left-liberal circles of the European elite are managing the forces, which de facto put the protests on the streets. The Polish conservatives are oriented on the USA. That is why the protests are largely connected with Brussels’ dissatisfaction with the recent policies of the Polish authorities. They [Brussels] can send the funds through foundations, European parties that are partners of similar political forces in Poland.

Disproof

An unfounded claim promoting the idea that the current protests in Poland are somehow connected to the alleged dissatisfaction of the EU authorities with close relations between Poland and the USA. Poland is often presented by the pro-Kremlin sources as a “puppet-state” of the United States.

On October 22, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal announced that abortions due to severe birth defects are unconstitutional. This situation resulted in massive protests all over the country – according to the polls, between 66% and 73% of the Poles disagree with the decision of the Tribunal.

Killing of Samuel Paty coordinated by the Elysee

Member of the European Parliament, Manon Aubry (confirmed) that these attacks (the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty) are coordinated directly from the Elysee with the support of the extreme right.

Disproof

The article misquotes Aubry's words and promotes disinformation regarding the French teacher who was decapitated outside a school in Paris on 16th of October.

Aubry’s actual words, as mentioned in her article on the Mediapart website, were questioning the “nauseating debates imposed by the right and supported by the media”. Aubry was, in fact, trying to set the record straight against those “who want to take the opportunity to undermine our [French] democracy and divide our country”.