British Muslim Leaders: Don't Mess with Christmas!
Muslim leaders joined their Christian counterparts yesterday to launch a powerful attack on politicians and town halls that play down Christmas.You gotta admit, that's pretty funny right there.
They warned that attempts to remove religion from the festival were fuelling Right-wing extremism.
A number of town halls have tried to excise references to Christianity from Christmas, in one case by renaming their municipal celebrations "Winterval".
They have often justified their actions by saying Britain is now a multi-faith society and they are anxious to avoid offending minority groups.
But the Muslim leaders said they honoured Christmas and that local authorities were playing into the hands of extremists who were able to blame Muslim communities for undermining Britain's Christian culture.
Celebrate Christmas! Please! We beg you!
The forum's reaction reflects growing anger among Christians and other faiths about the efforts of secularists to push religion to the margins of public life.Well, there's certainly no shortage of irony in Muslim leaders pleading for Britain not to de-Christmas itself in a fit of self-induced politically correct "tolerance."
In 1998 Birmingham renamed its celebrations "Winterval", and in 2001 Luton described its Christmas lights as "luminos", taken from Harry Potter.
Christmas * Britain * Muslim * Irony