Friday, December 31, 2004

Christmas- the festival the dare not speak its name

There was no mention of "Christmas" on the card I received from the Ethnic Business Support Programme (a publicly funded race body) this year. No surprise as Christmas is a Christian religious festival and wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now taboo within many organisations in case it "causes offence to non-Christians."

However the EBSP seem to be operating double standards, as earlier this year they sent out cards wishing everyone "Eid Mubarak" (Blessed Eid) to celebrate the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan.If Christianity is not to be afforded the same respect as other religious festivals from a public body then this would seem to be clear case of religious discrimination.

I won't be holding my breath waiting for anyone to take action but in the meantime I would like to wish members of all faiths and none a very Happy New Year.


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