11/05/2005

No Christmas Lights for Britain?

First there was Piglet being banned, then banks stopped handing out piggy banks, and now we have the great Christmas light issue. Political correctness, dhimmitude, whatever you want to call it, appears to have gone to an ridiculous extreme in Britain.


COUNCIL is planning to scrap grants for festive lights because Christmas does not fit in with its core values of equality and diversity.

A report drawn up by the council in Suffolk concedes that the move could lead to officials being accused of not supporting the spirit of Christmas.

The move is the latest in a string of decisions by organisations to downplay the celebration of the birth of Christ ostensibly to prevent offence being caused to non-Christian religions. Last week it emerged that Lambeth council in south London had insisted on renaming its Christmas lighting displays as winter or celebrity lights.

The latest is Conservative-controlled Waveney council in Lowestoft which provides grants totalling £10,000 for festive lights. Its report states that because Christmas focuses only on the Christian faith, continuing the funding would not fit well with the councils core values of equality and diversity. TimesOnLine


Why would Christmas lights, whether red, green, or clear, be offensive? Does equality and diversity really mean to suppress the one group over fears that it may offend the other group? Shouldn't the diversity that Christians bring to a society be allowed?

Please let me know how you feel about these questions. I for one, do not see how the festive lights of Christmas can do nothing more than brighten the darkest days of the year even if one is not a Christian.

6 Comments:

Anonymous MissBirdlegs in AL said...

Everybody seems to be taking this multi-culti thing entirely too far. None of us have a right to "not be offended". There are a lot of things today that offend me, and this is one the most egregious. I can't understand what they hope to accomplish - seems like some kind of "sucking up" to me. I hope it's not bias against Christians, but tend to feel that it is. Katy

7:48 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

miss bird,


Very well said!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I am a Jew, and I LOVE Christmas lights! I've traveled around to look at houses and their various displays since I was a little kid. This is not only utterly ridiculous...it's a dangerous precedent.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

I love looking at them too. Ridicoulous and dangerous is right!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Felis said...

Seawitch,
"COUNCIL is planning to scrap grants for festive lights because Christmas does not fit in with its core values of equality and diversity."
It happened in Sydney last Christmas - sorry I should've said last Summer Festivities (Dec/Jan/Feb = Summer for us).

3:28 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

It's ridicilous.

3:56 PM  

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