God ordered me to murder liberal minister, fundamentalist Christian says

Bart van U. on trial, ANP drawing

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Man who killed [liberal Dutch government minister] Els Borst reiterates murder was ‘commanded by God’

Today, 10:46

Bart van U., the man who killed former minister Els Borst and his own sister, reiterated to the court in Rotterdam that he was on a “divine mission”. He pointed out at the beginning of the trial that Ms Borst was responsible for the [liberalisation of the] euthanasia policy in the Netherlands. …

About the knife that he used van U. said he always had a knife with him. He does not want to answer the question where he left it. …

Van U. is on trial in two murder cases. He has admitted that he killed Borst and his sister.

Van U. murdered his sister Loïs because she had more liberal views than him on euthanasia and abortion.

Another, surviving, sister of Bart van U. was a witness today at the trial of her brother, whom she called ‘the murderer’. She said that because of Bart’s murders, her children are still afraid to go out shopping.

Let us suppose that this ‘pro-life’ murderer would not have been fundamentalist Christian Bart van U., but ultra-orthodox Muslim Mohamed U; committing the same crimes for the same reason.

Then, western corporate media and United States Republican politicians Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would not have stopped talking about what U.’s crimes supposedly say about Islam in general. Now, however, that Bart van U. is not a Muslim, (correctly) you don’t hear that all Christians are supposedly like him.

British bishop against Donald Trump

Bishop Dr Jo Bailey Wells

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

New bishop ‘will try to stamp out Trump culture’

Saturday 26th March 2016

THE Church of England’s newest Bishop said yesterday she will try to keep “Trump culture” away from Britain.

Reverend Dr Jo Bailey Wells, 50, who was named as the new Bishop of Dorking on Thursday, said she also wanted to “stand against” a culture where people tweeted or blogged without thinking.

Asked about Muslims being made scapegoats by internet trolls, Dr Wells told the Daily Telegraph: “There is a sort of — you might call it a Trump culture.

“I’ve certainly experienced that in America. I would be keen to keep it from our shores.

“But part of the culture is that we now tweet and blog before we speak and think.

“Cyberspace, the blogosphere, has encouraged that kind of behaviour and I think I want to stand against that.”

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has controversially called for a block on Muslims entering the US, mimicked disabled people and claimed parts of London were “so radicalised” that police were “afraid for their own lives.”

Dutch Muslims condemn Brussels atrocities

This video says about itself:

Ireland: Irish Muslims protest against ISIS in Dublin

26 July 2015

The Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council organised a protest to condemn the atrocities committed in the name of the Islamic State (… ISIS/ISIL), on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Sunday. The “Not in our name” protesters specifically condemned the killing of three Irish citizens in Tunisia last month. Irish Muslims from Cork, Limerick, Drogheda, Dundalk and Dublin, as well as members of the Council of Nigerian Mosques, attended the peaceful demonstration.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Muslim organizations reacted with horror to attacks

Today, 18:55

Several Islamic organizations and mosques have reacted with horror to the attacks in Brussels. The imam of the Es Salam mosque in Rotterdam calls for unity and reconciliation.

“When we combine our strengths and realize solidarity, we can win this fight,” said Azzedine Karrat. “When we give terrorists space, they will commit these kinds of attacks.” …

The Council of Moroccan Mosques speaks of a “horrible and disgusting attack”.

The Union of Moroccan Muslim Organisations sympathizes with the victims and survivors. “Our thoughts go out to family and friends. We also mourn with our neighboring country Belgium. …

“A fist must be made against jihadism,” the Alliance of Moroccan Dutch writes in a statement. “ISIS, as the monstrous face of this ideology, is aiming to sow terror and to destroy the lives and freedom of citizens, regardless of their background and faith.”

Conservatives Spout Hateful Rhetoric In Wake Of Brussels Attacks. Donald Trump led the charge calling for closing borders, waterboarding suspects and blaming refugees: here.

Dutch clerical sexual child abuse cover-up update

This video says about itself:

Belgian Bishop Admits Sexual Abuse of Boy – Sends Shockwave through Belgium

23 April 2010

Belgium’s longest-serving bishop admits sexually abusing a boy (his nephew). This was officially revealed at a press conference on 23 April 2010. Prior to his resignation, he was bishop of Bruges, which is located in one of the more conservatively religious regions of Flanders.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Dutch Religious Conference, the umbrella organization of [Roman Catholic] orders and congregations, has explicitly called upon victims of sexual abuse to complain “preferably” outside official procedures. …

A third

The Roman Catholic Church has in a third of all known cases of sexual abuse of children settled them internally, on condition of secrecy. That became apparent this morning from a study by NRC Handelsblad daily.

The Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church, had, quite the contrary, given the explicit advice to make all the settlements public.


President Guido Klabbers of the victims’ organization KLOKK also said today to NRC Handelsblad that all abuse cases must be published.

“This also applies to the cases settled through mediation and settlement. It should be clear for what crimes compensation was paid. And it can not be that victims should be silent again.” …

Most church organizations according to the NRC refuse to say anything about the secret settlements. The Friars of Tilburg admitted there were 64 victims through the Foundation for Management & Supervision, and they concluded 28 direct settlements and another five via mediation.

The Jesuits paid almost 900,000 euros to 24 victims after a direct settlement or mediation. They paid more than 400,000 euros to twelve people through public complaints. The Jesuits are willing to make the files public anonymously, if the survivors agree.

The same applies to the Salesians, who have paid a total of 1.5 million. Of these, 1 million went to 36 victims with mediation agreements.

Dutch clerical child abuse survivor interviewed

Marcel Roomans, on the left, with two brothers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“I will not let the perpetrators silence me again”

Today, 07:14

The 73-year-old Marcel Roomans was sexually abused in his boyhood at a Roman Catholic boys’ school in Maastricht. Roomans reached a settlement with the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Maastricht, a congregation that had schools and boarding schools. He was at the Aloysius School in Maastricht.

When Roomans was in the third grade, a friar rubbed his genitals with ointment. Later he was abused by another friar in a pitch-dark closet at school. After ten minutes it was over. “He got an orgasm, I suppose,” Roomans said to NRC Handelsblad daily, which pays attention to all the secret settlements in cases of sexual abuse within the church.

“I was lured to the school with a gift. Often on Saturdays because the school then was practically empty. It was nasty, mean and devoid of humanity.”

The Deetman commission received sixty reports of sexual abuse by friars of that congregation. The Maastricht friars have arranged a total of 63 settlements. Of those abuse cases it is not known what exactly happened.

Roomans himself chose mediation. “I wanted to look the one who was responsible for the friars who had abused me in the eyes.”

Fellow victims did sign such [secret] agreements. Roomans: “Ah, how does that happen? You get four A4 pages in your hands and you want it to be finished. Then you might not read everything accurately.” Roomans received 37,000 euros.

Dutch Roman Catholic clerical child abuse cover-up

This 29 October 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Spotlight: On The Reporters Behind The Film

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Many secret settlements on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church

Today, 07:19

The Roman Catholic Church has settled a third of all known cases of child sexual abuse by church officials secretly under conditions of confidentiality. That happened against the explicit advice of the Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church.

Research by NRC Handelsblad daily found this out. The newspaper has read internal documents by ecclesiastical authorities.


In total, until the beginning of this year 342 cases have been settled outside the formal complaint procedure and are subject to confidentiality. In all these cases of sexual abuse therefore it remains unclear what exactly happened and what compensation victims have been awarded.

In 210 of these abuse cases the arrangement was made with the aid of a mediator. In the remaining cases it happened directly between the victims and the church. In total, according to NRC Handelsblad in the 342 secret settlements 10.6 million euros was paid in compensation.


In the two Oscars-winning movie Spotlight on the research of journalists from The Boston Globe about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, there is a key scene in which this mechanism is explained.

The church’s lawyer who arranged the secret settlements with victims tells the journalists that there is no paper trail of these settlements, because the settlements were established through mediation.


The Deetman committee, which was established by the church itself to investigate the sexual abuse, advocated in its final report to deal with the abuse cases “based on transparency.” A complaint procedure was set up to be carried out by the Foundation for Management & Supervision, established in 2011.

The Foundation has settled until January 1 this year, 703 abuse cases whose nature and scope were published anonymously. In total religious institutions paid 21.3 million for these cases. About two hundred abuse cases have yet to be settled.


In many cases severe forms of sexual abuse were involved. 146 children were raped, sometimes often. The youngest known victim was from four years old on raped by the director, deputy director and two supervisors of the Don Bosco orphanage in Rotterdam of the Company of St John’s Crusaders. That continued from 1959 to 1966.

Most abuse took place at boarding schools and other schools. The oldest rape victim was 26. The rape victims were together paid a sum of eight million euros. The individual compensations were between 12,500 and 100,000 euros.

Silent again

In the agreements which were presented to the victims arranged by the various ecclesiastical authorities there was in many cases a provision on strict confidentiality. “Parties commit themselves again now and in the future to third parties to not comment negatively on each other as regards the development of this settlement, and the events which caused it.”

So, again victims have to be silent about the abuse, about which already the perpetrators ordered them to be silent when it was committed.


Such formulation was used in contracts in which mediators of Bureau Drieluik were involved: they concluded secret agreements involving the Maastricht Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, the Salesians, the friars in Utrecht and Tilburg, the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Brothers of Charity. Those orders had schools and boarding schools.

Both the victims’ organization KLOKK and the Foundation for Management & Supervision stress to NRC Handelsblad the importance of disclosing the secret settlements now. Those cases could include supporting evidence for proceedings that are ongoing.

There are 250 victims with a believable story, but lack of evidence.

Total costs

According to NRC Handelsblad, the total cost to the church for the handling of the abuse has increased to nearly 60 million. In this, the legal costs, office costs and potential lost collections revenue are not included.

The Hotline on Sexual Abuse, which falls under the church’s Independent Foundation for Management & Supervision of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, will in its annual report for 2015 report on the complaints processed and granted compensation, mediation and settlements. The annual report will be ready in the first week of April and will be published on their website.