The Kerst Event Zwolle - the biggest living nativity scene in the Netherlands - does not allow Muslims to play a part in their nativity scene. "You can hardly play the role of Joseph if you are not a Christian yourself", co-organizer Cees Scholten said. But that reasoning does not sit well with everyone, De Gelderlander reports.
According to the organization, the purpose of this event is to spread the love of Jesus, and Muslims can't play a role in this because they look at the figure of Jesus in a very different way. The organization's website states that people should only volunteer if they "support or want to support the Christian vision".
Zerin Arslan, Muslim candidate member for the PvdA in Zwolle feels that this type of exclusion should not be allowed.