A Dutch translation of the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration is not punishable, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Thursday. The Prosecutor said it does not deny that the statements made in the declaration hurt people, but in this case they are protected by both the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression.
The Dutch population is rapidly losing interest in going to church, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. The decline of the Christian faith also continues in the Netherlands. "Churches are losing in authority, binding power and popularity", the SCP said in a new report, RTL Nieuws reports.
SGP party leader Kees van der Staaij brutally attacked the D66 and its leader Alexander Pechtold in the Christian debate in Ede on Thursday. Van der Staaij compared Pechtold's "radical secular ideology" with radical Islam, BNR reports.
The proportion of young Dutch between the ages of 15 and 25 years who see themselves as religious and belong to a church or religious group, decreased from 49 percent in 2010 to 41 percent in 2015, Statistics Netherlands said on Wednesday.
The decrease was the strongest among young adults, aged 18 to 25, decreasing from 48 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2015. But a decrease could also be seen among teenagers, aged 15 to 18 years. In this group the proportion of religious teens dropped from 51 percent to 45 percent in five years.
Christian parties SGP and ChristenUnie are unimpressed by a comment posted on Twitter by SP alderman in Arnhem Gerrie Elfrink. The tweet was directed at the Kees van der Staaij avatar Elfrink is caring for on the Kamergotchi app. "Keesie I am God! If I forget to feed you, that's my wish! First be vaccinated, pervert", Elfrink tweeted.
Small Christian party SGP created an anti-Islam manifesto with plans to set limits to the presence of Islam in the Netherlands and to protect the Netherlands against the "radical excesses" of this belief. According to the party, many Dutch are right to worry about the rise of Islam in the country, NOS reports.
A homophobic flyer left in post boxes in Amsterdam-West and Nieuw West on Sunday caused quite an uproar in the Dutch capital. The police are investigating the origin of this anti-gay flyer.
A large majority of the Dutch populations thinks that religion should not be a determining factor within society. Politics in particular should be religion-free, but education too can do with less religion, according to KRO's study God in the Netherlands
Supermarket chain Hema is causing quite a bit of controversy in the Netherlands by renaming "Easter eggs" to "hiding eggs". A photo of the new name is circulating on Twitter, with some people calling it an attack on Dutch culture.
White people were seen dressing up in blackface during several events connected to Carnival festivities held over the past few days around the Netherlands. Dressing up in blackface is a serious problem that casts aside black people and their concerns, says activist Mimi from anti-discrimination organization MAD Mothers.
A Dutch film crew performed an experiment in which they disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of the most violent passages to people on the street. They then filmed the Dutch people's shocked reactions on discovering the passages actually come from the Bible.
The one-of-a-kind Utrecht Psalter is to be removed this week from its highly secure fireproof and waterproof vault at the Utrecht University museum, and will be displayed for a month at the Museum Catharijneconvent. The Psalter will be shown off in a glass case from October 21 until November 22.
Pastor Edward van der Kaaij is preaching that Jesus did not exist and that his story is a myth. The proclamation has got him banned from guest lecturing at a nearby Reformed Church.