Cultural Collapse Update: First there were the Dutch Catholics who renamed Lent “Christian Ramadan,” and now this. From the Brussels Journal:
Le Salon Beige, a French blog, received an email from a reader who took his children to visit the Basilica of Saint Denis, near Paris, where the kings of France are buried. The blog writes:
He was surprised by the brochure entitled “Tour of Discovery for the Young”:
First, on page 8, he read: “Dagobert, the first king buried in Saint-Denis. […] A contemporary of Mohammed, Dagobert was King of the Franks from 629 to 639.”
Then, on page 9, […] “In the Bible we find the story of the Angel Gabriel, the very one who would bring the Koran to Mohammed, who announces to Mary, a young girl engaged to Joseph, that she will soon give birth to a son named Jesus.”
It seems that Christianity is being explained and taught only in relation to Islam. It is as if young people in France can only relate to Christianity through references to Islam.
Also, if this text is taking it for granted that the Gabriel who appeared to Mary is the same Gabriel who brought the Qur’an to Muhammad, it has essentially become a Muslim text already. Because what Gabriel told Mary in a Muslim context is radically different from what Gabriel told Mary in a Christian context.