Friday, 12 January 2007

the phoney war of Christmas

Three articles from the Guardian of 8 December 2006 on the issue of how Christmas should or shouldn't be celebrated in a secular and multicultural society.

'Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, last night accused "illiberal atheists and aggressive secularists" of trying to remove the Christian symbols of Christmas from public life.'

The phoney war on Christmas - Luton council, we are told, has banned people from celebrating Christmas. Birmingham has renamed the season Winterval. A Reading man has been told to take his decorations down. There's only one problem with the 'PC campaign' against Christmas - it's pure nonsense. By Oliver Burkeman.

Mark Lawson - Despite the general view that the US is the global brand-leader in cultural sensitivity, it struck me, having visited the States during many Decembers, that the momentum is the opposite of Britain's: this year, America seems to be celebrating Christmas more lengthily and aggressively than ever. The contrast between the two countries this month raises the question of how this at least theoretically religious festival should be marked in times when religion is contentious. The attempt to reduce celebrations in Britain resulted from a liberal fear that making too much fuss about these winter days off is a form of Christian cultural triumphalism.

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