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CDA to call for ban on police religious symbols

Wednesday 27 June 2012

The Christian Democrats may include a proposal to ban police officers wearing obvious religious symbols in their election manifesto, the Nederlands Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

The ban would cover turbans, headscarfs, Jewish skull caps and Christian crosses, the paper says. The aim of the plan is to preserve police neutrality.

'It is about how the police and legal system can serve the people impartially,' Utrecht city councillor Janneke Beumer is quoted as saying. 'We think that can be done best without religious symbolism.'

Party members can vote on whether to include the idea in their election manifesto at Saturday's party congress.

Should the police be banned from making their religious sensibilities public? Have your say in the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Yes all religious symbols should be banned except Christian Symbols as this is a Christian country. Those who don't like this don't have to come or stay here.

By Phil | 27 June 2012 12:05 PM

they try to recuperate some of the PVV voters. I really enjoy to see the diversity of the London metro police ...their message is : all united to serve you rather than an uninformed SS style police !

By Johanna | 27 June 2012 12:28 PM

@Johanna, You mean the London police who is 28 times more likely to stop and search black people?

By tim | 27 June 2012 1:25 PM

@Phil - Unfortunately, it one of your own political party CDA that wants this. They didnt come from anywhere outside.

Oh wait, you are talking about the immigrants being responsible for this decision also :)

By xetadog | 27 June 2012 2:26 PM

Do not forget Jewish symbols, add some Buddhism and a pinch of anything else..except Islam...
Why don't you just come out and say it ?

By Saladin | 27 June 2012 3:12 PM

Its not a Christian country at all Phil.Their is more atheists than christains.Shame you comment ended in the usual bigotry.I thougt for a moment you were thinking objectively.And you might wanna learn some facts before you shout out and lot of made up crap.

By jason buttle | 27 June 2012 3:17 PM

@Phil: on the article it is CLEARLY stated that crosses are part of banned items.

By Andre L. | 27 June 2012 3:26 PM

Netherlands is a Christian country? Really, well from your comment I would say your not (love thy neighbor and all that) plus it is almost at the point where the Netherlands is actually more non religious than any religion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Religie_in_Nederland_2006.png) and if we take the people that say they are Christian but go to church at easter and Christmas I think you Christianity becomes much much lower.

By David West | 27 June 2012 4:25 PM

Such a nice attitude, not that different of those who live in radical Islamist countries or ultra-national regimes. In fact it is exactly this attitude that makes such matters newsworthy, isn't it? Otherwise who cares what symbol is on police uniforms or not.. What matters is the attitude of the police and how well they do their job!

By Gorky | 27 June 2012 4:27 PM

@Phil, as usual, you state facts that are only opinions. I know many people in The Netherlands (lived here 15+ years), and only know one who I think is remotely christian and goes to church, and she is a foreigner. NL is a secular country, and I hope it stays that way. All religions treated equally, and having no influence in politics, laws, or civil servant duties.

By Quest | 27 June 2012 4:58 PM

Mokum is not a Christian name. Many religions have lived in the Netherlands, or at least in Amsterdam. As a secular humanist I (like many other people in the Netherlands) think that all religions are the same. The police can pray to whatever gods they desire. God (if she even exists) probably is not much concerned about what we wear. God is probably more concerned about our souls.

By Jan | 27 June 2012 5:02 PM

Let them wear their beliefs proudly. This is a democracy. It can also symbolize the diversity of a tolerant society.

By roland | 27 June 2012 5:03 PM

Religion is a personal thing. If you have a religious symbol tucked into your shirt or worn in an unconspicuous place, no harm. It's your personal belief. Those in governement positions should respect this as church and state should at all costs be separated.

By Al | 28 June 2012 9:08 AM

Tim, you are right. Police do stop Blacks more than they do Whites, why is that, do police records, and statistics indicate that a majority of crimes are committed by Blacks?

By Adrianus Binne Martinus Van Den Enden | 29 June 2012 7:52 AM

I am agnostic & believe in secular societies, I find Burkas insulting

By Phil | 29 June 2012 1:27 PM

And crosses Phil?? The clothing and hairstyles worn by Hasidic Jews? There IS more than one religion in the world.

And Burqas are cultural, not religious...but since there are only about 100 in this country, I doubt you are insulted all that much.

Try again Phil.

By CW | 30 June 2012 9:49 AM

Why would a person want others to know of (By advertising)their personal blind faith if they are already so convinced?
money? Pride? Recruitment? anyone?

By The visitor | 30 June 2012 8:09 PM

Why is the Netherlands trying to hide its Christian heritage? Surely it is not offensive to recent arrivals who have come here by their own free will, and who, like me, benefit from living in a free country.

By Selina | 30 June 2012 9:23 PM

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