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-UK: The Red Cross Bans Christmas?

by Dr. D ~ December 16th, 2010

The third protocol emblem for use outside Isra...

                                  (Red Square via Wikipedia)

From the daily mail in the UK:

Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops.

Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems.

The charity’s politically-correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and mockery last night – from Christians and Moslems.”

Their staff has even been instructed to take down any ‘religious’ décor or decline making any references specifically to Christmas:

“We put up a nativity scene in the window and were told to take it out. It seems we can’t have anything that means Christmas. We’re allowed to have some tinsel but that’s it.

When we send cards they have to say season’s greetings or best wishes. They must not be linked directly to Christmas.

When we asked we were told it is because we must not upset Moslems.

We have been instructed that we can’t say anything about Christmas and we certainly can’t have a Christmas tree.

I think the policy is offensive to Moslems as well as to us. No reasonable person can object to Christians celebrating Christmas. But we are not supposed to show any sign of Christianity at all.”

Officials at the charity’s London HQ confirmed the ban with this response:

“The Red Cross is a neutral organisation and we don’t want to be aligned with any political party or particular philosophy.

We don’t want to be seen as a Christian or Islamic or Jewish organisation because that might compromise our ability to work in conflict situations around the world.

In shops people can put up decorations like tinsel or snow which are seasonal. But the guidance is that things representative of Christmas cannot be shown.”

Meanwhile they still sell religious Christmas cards with angels and nativity scenes because they are among their best sellers this time of the year. 

Response: Unbelievable. Maybe they should also stop using the red cross altogether if they are so offended by Christianity? Maybe they could use a ‘Red Square’ instead. Oh that’s right they already tried to introduce that symbol in 2005 with no takers and lots of criticism.              *Top of the Blog

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