- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

An Italian chaplain was so worried about the “sensitivities” of atheists and Muslims at the Municipal Cemetery of Cremona that he took down a visible nativity scene.

Father Sante Braggie ended a tradition that has been in place at his local cemetery in a preemptive attempt not to offend the town’s non-Christians. A display that is normally set up in a corner of the cemetery will move into a small chapel.

“There are many who come here to remember their loved ones,” the 77-year-old priest told the newspaper Corriere della Sera on Dec. 9. “A crib placed in plain sight could be seen as a lack of respect for the faithful of other religions, offend the sensitivities of Muslims, but also of the Indians and atheists. In short, it would be a mess.”

Father Don Oreste, who previously managed the property, was shocked at the decision.

“I cannot believe it! I do not want to hear things like that,” he told the newspaper. “We cannot give up our culture and our traditions. It would be an unforgivable weakness. We are, at least for now, in Italy, not Saudi Arabia.”

A local lawmaker, Cristina Cappellini, concurred.

“A parish priest should preserve, honor and promote the symbols of our culture, of our traditions, of our Christian identity,” Ms. Cappellini said, the U.K. Express reported Tuesday.

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