So the black-suited nuts of the fundamentalist Protestant party SGP are at it again – this time agitating for a ban on the Tour de France cycling race which is daring to go through certain Dutch villages on a Sunday.
Not only will this disturb the day of rest, but some people will be forced to work, and that is a no-no as well.
The possibility of a ban must have been far from the minds of the great and the good in Rotterdam when they managed to get the organisers to commit to starting the world’s greatest cycle race in their port city.
But then, you never know what your pesky neighbours down country will get up to. It’s hard to believe that the Netherlands, for all its perceived tolerance and liberalism, still has a political party which believes women should stay at home and do ‘women’s work’, that homosexuality is a sin and that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.
But it does. And the party even has two seats in parliament, proving that a lot of other people in the Netherlands’ Bible belt, think the same way too.
We should not forget that it was in such strictly Protestant areas that girls were forbidden from wearing trousers during the recent freezing temperatures on biblical grounds.
No wonder that they object to the arrival of all those super tight cycling shorts then!
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