The Christian Ramadan
Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lent fast as the "Christian Ramadan" in an attempt to appeal to young people who are more likely to know about Islam than Christianity. ... "The image of the Catholic Lent must be polished. The fact that we use a Muslim term is related to the fact that Ramadan is a better-known concept among young people than Lent," said Vastenaktie Director, Martin Van der Kuil.
After years of being branded as the "White Man's Religion", a "colonial" and "imperialist" faith, Christianity is finally being re-branded as Islam-lite.
One wonders what Nietzche's Madman would think if he returned in the 21st century. I can just imagine his face, running into the market place with a lighted lantern at midmorning, hoping to announce the Death of God, only to find people celebrating Lent as the "Christian Ramadan". He might wander up to a stall marked the "Belmont Club" and ask how this unexpected transformation came about. For an answer I would hand him a copy of a newspaper describing the Archbishop of Canterbury's proposal to adopt sharia law in Britain. "You have not come too early," I would say, "your time will never come. This tremendous event you expected never happened. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will get." It has been related further that on the same day the madman forced his way into several closed houses of parliament and there struck up his requiem aeternam libertas. Led out and called to account, he is said always to have replied nothing but: "What after all are these parliaments now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of Man?" The madman had it coming.