The Christmas season in Britain has become totally deChristianized.
Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed.
Traditional pictures such as angels blowing trumpets over a stable, Jesus in his manager, the shepherds and three wise men following the star to Bethlehem are dying out.
Instead, scenes of the Nativity has been replaced on cards by designs or jokes with little or no relevance to the Bible story and the true meaning of Christmas.
One ‘offensive’ card risked provoking Christians by suggesting the shepherds only saw the angel appear on the hillside because they were hallucinating after smoking drugs.
And another card ignores Christmas altogether – wishing the recipient a “Happy December”.
Other designs include a pan of Brussels sprouts, a shoe, a woman pointing a gun at ‘chavs’, a moonlit bridge and, bizarrely, a line of meerkats.
Religious groups and MPs last night warned that the multi-million pound Christmas card industry was losing sight of the real reason for celebrating the festive period.
They also aired concerns that religious images were being scrubbed from cards because of political correctness and the fear of offending other faiths.
How is simply selling Christmas cards that celebrate the birth of Christ offensive? People aren’t forced to buy them and mail them out. If someone does not celebrate Christmas, he wouldn’t receive a Christmas card anyway. What a sad state of affairs that political correctness has gotten so out of control that merely looking at a religiously themed Christmas card is defined as being oppressive to non-Christians. Soon, it will be deemed oppressive to other religions to even declare oneself a Christian in public.
It’s an unfortunate fact that Christianity is dead in Britain and Europe. And as Britain and Europe have been learning the hard way, nature abhors a vacuum, which is why Islam, and a radical version at that, is filling the void.
Update: Christmas trees in the Seattle airport have been removed after a Rabbi complained.
A local rabbi wanted to install an 8-foot menorah and have a public lighting ceremony. He threatened to sue if the menorah wasn’t put up, and gave a two-day deadline to remove the trees.
Sea-Tac public affairs manager Terri-Ann Betancourt said the trees that adorn the Sea-Tac upper and lower levels may not properly represent all cultures.
She said that since this is their busiest time of year and they don’t have time to add a fair representation of all cultures, her department decided to take down all of the decorations, review their policies, and decide if they need to make a change for next year.
Added: A couple of commenters have made the observation that the reason for the diminishing number of religious Christmas cards in Britain is due to the free market. That is a reasonable assumption and one that I’d say is probably correct. However, my questions is why are people choosing to not purchase religiously themed Christmas cards? I would guess, and I think I’m right, that it’s because over the years in Britain Christians have been encouraged, if not out right admonished and bullied, to not express their religious faith in public because of the growing number of Muslims, atheists, and secular/humanists that have raised a cacophony of complaints about being offended by this kind of religious expression. Additionally, the British government instituted its policy of multi-culturalism, which is failing. As a result, the British citizens, store owners and such, fearing being labeled religiously insensitive or bigoted by activists have resisted outward expressions of religious faith. As a result, more and more British children were raised in that environment and not only accepted the secularization of public life, but probably also began to teach it indirectly to their own kids. Consequently, Britain has become a nation where Christianity is no longer accepted in public life.
If you disagree with me, please feel free to explain why in the comments. If you agree with me, I’d like to hear from you as well.