UK Red Cross bans Christmas

The anti-Christmas season is in full swing with a litany of idiocy surrounding the most widely celebrated christian holiday. Matt Drudge is carrying a daily roundup over at the Drudge Report. We go through this every year as governments, schools, organizations and even some businesses try to demonstrate their multicultural “inclusiveness” by excluding the christian trappings of Christmas. This story (from the UK Daily Mail) takes the cake so far.

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.

Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, said: ‘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.’

Mrs Banks added: ‘ 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.’

Labour peer Lord Ahmed, one of the country’s most prominent Moslem politicians, said: ‘It is stupid to think Moslems would be offended.

‘The Moslem community has been talking to Christians for the past 1,400 years. The teachings from Islam are that you should respect other faiths.’

He added: ‘In my business all my staff celebrate Christmas and I celebrate with them. It is absolutely not the case that Christmas could damage the Red Cross reputation for neutrality – I think their people have gone a little bit over the top.’

The ban does not extend to holiday items that benefit the Red Cross, however.

British Red Cross leaders have, however, not extended the ban to their own profitable products. Items currently on sale include Christmas cards featuring angels and wise men and Advent calendars with nativity scenes.

The spokesman said: ‘The Red Cross is trying to be inclusive and we recognise there are lots of people who want to buy Christmas cards which they know will benefit us.’

UGH. Sorry Red Cross, you just lost my donation next year.

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One Response to “UK Red Cross bans Christmas”

  1. Hi –

    I work at the American Red Cross and I hope that I can clarify this story.

    This story is dredged up from an old article from eight years ago. The British Red Cross has responded and corrected it: http://blogs.redcross.org.uk/uk/2010/12/how-the-red-cross-didn%E2%80%99t-steal-christmas/

    Additionally, the American Red Cross also does not ban Christmas or Christmas decorations from our facilities. You can read more here: http://redcrosschat.org/2010/12/17/christmas-and-all-other-holidays-at-the-red-cross/

    Thanks, hope this helps.

    Gloria

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