No more “Christ” with a capital C in the Netherlands

Just when you thought everything you needed to know, you learned in elementary school, we get this sweeping reformation:

According to a new grammar rule in the Netherlands and Belgium, the name “Christ” will soon be written with a lower-case “c”, as stipulated by an orthography reform published last Friday.

According to the Kath.net agency, the new spelling rules also will stipulate that the Dutch word for “jews” (joden) be spelled with a capital “J” when referring to nationality and with a lower-case “j” when referring to the religion. The changes will be mandatory starting in August 2006.

This is a profound case of appeasement gone awry, folks. Europe, kiss your freedom to be a non-muslim good-bye.

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