Catholic sacred buildings in Brussels are often the target of vandalism. Between 2019 and 2022, no less than 53 damage to churches or chapels were noted across the region. In comparison, only one mosque was the target of vandals during the same period. In other words, religious buildings in Brussels are 53 times more likely to be the target of vandalism than mosques. According to the Vlaams Belang, these figures reveal something that is unfortunately preferred to remain silent, namely that part of the population of Brussels hates our cultural and spiritual heritage, probably for religious reasons, and even puts this hatred into action.
The group leader of the Vlaams Belang in the Brussels Parliament, Dominiek Lootens, asked Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort in a written question to communicate the extent of the damage to these religious buildings. The numbers speak volumes: in the period 2019-2022 no fewer than 53 churches and chapels, 12 cemeteries, 2 abbeys and 1 monastery were targets of vandals. Only one mosque was damaged in the same period. Religious buildings in Brussels are 53 times more likely to be the target of vandals than mosques.
In Brussels, the left-wing parties speak of racism and discrimination. But these numbers show that the hate isn’t where some think it’s nesting. The media-political binomial refuses to address the issue of anti-white, anti-Christian, and anti-Western racism in general. It does exist, and it can even be quantified. “The fact that only one mosque was damaged in the same period, while 53 churches were damaged proves this,” emphasizes Senator Bob De Brabandere, head of Vlaams Belang in Brussels.
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