Celebrating Christmas -
A Dying Tradition?
by Harry MacAdam
is this really the most OFFENSIVE image in Britain?
Cherished ... Classic Nativity
by HARRY MACADAM
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is the Nativity scene cherished by millions of Britons at Christmas.
Yet politically correct jobsworths call it "offensive" and are banning
it in their drive to obliterate festive traditions.
The Sun is today launching a campaign to save Christmas - by turning
back the tide of "politically correct" meddling that threatens to
Festive traditions are facing gradual extinction thanks to barmy
bureaucrats who WRONGLY believe they are offensive to followers of
religions other than Christianity.
The list of endangered customs is growing by the day. In many offices,
factories, schools and tourist attractions across Britain:
a.. NATIVITY scenes and the words Merry Christmas are being erased from
b.. DECORATIONS such as tinsel and baubles can no longer be put up.
c.. STAFF are banned from enjoying Christmas lunch or parties, and
d.. CAROL services cannot be ad- vertised. Stores are closing Santa's
grottos. And even Tony Blair has jumped on the bandwagon.
One of the cards being sent out this year by the PM - a committed
Christian - omits the C-word and just says: "Best wishes for the New
Last night The Sun's crusade was backed by a string of high-profile
politicians and community leaders led by Tory chief Michael Howard.
He spoke for millions when he said:
It doesn't matter what colour your skin is or what religion you are.
We're all British. And Christmas is a British tradition.
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Backing ... Michael Howard
No one has to celebrate Christmas if they don't want to. But please
stop the rest of us enjoying the celebrations.
I'm proud to be British and proud to celebrate Christmas."
Other religious groups happily celebrate festivals such as the Hindu and
Sikh Diwali, the Jewish Hanukkah and the Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the
end of Ramadan.
And ironically the threat to Christmas is NOT coming from them, but from
ignorant jobsworths working for government departments, councils and
Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Council for Racial Equality, said:
It's not offensive to minority communities to celebrate the festival of
Christmas. Nor is it racially exclusive.
A ban on Christmas isn't just silly to those who profess to be
Christians. Most people of other faiths are bemused that we should even
Some of the people who want to ban Christmas like to pose as caring
liberals, anxious about the feelings of, say, Muslims.
But they usually forget to ask minority communities what they want. This
is truly repressive.
A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "There is
nothing offensive to our religion about Christmas or celebrations such
as carols or the Nativity scene."
But meanwhile the assault thunders on. The taxpayer-funded Eden Project
in Cornwall will not allow any mention of Christmas. The eco-friendly
tourist attraction has renamed it "A Time Of Gifts".
This week London's Madame Tussauds waxworks came under fire for a
Nativity scene featuring a celebrity line-up led by Posh and Becks.
It is supposed to be fun. But for some people, fun is a dirty word.
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