Monday, November 13, 2006

Christian Muslim Forum warns - leave Christmas alone.

Muslims defend Christmas.

I was heartened to hear that the Christian Muslim Forum has called for Christmas to be respected as a Christian festival, their view being that the erosion of the Christian message and the drip feed of secularism is leading to a backlash against muslims in our society, and playing into the hands of right wing extremists.

In a statement the forum said:

"Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and we wish this significant part of the Christian heritage of this country to remain an acknowledged part of national life. The desire to secularise religious festivals is offensive to both of our communities."

The statement, signed by the forum's chairman, the Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Rev David Gillett, and its vice-chairman, Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, urged society to promote religious freedom.

"Those who use the fact of religious pluralism as an excuse to de-Christianise British society unthinkingly become recruiting agents for the extreme Right. They provoke antagonism towards Muslims and others by foisting on them an anti-Christian agenda they do not hold."

Curly whole heartedly agrees and notes that last year South Tyneside Council made it plain that they would not be joining other councils in excising the word "Christmas" from it's celebrations. We are proud of our multi-cultural heritage in this borough and we should be portraying this as an example to those who try to offend nobody but succeed in offending many.


Daily Telegraph.

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