Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas Traditions Banned in a Christian Country!

Christmas is the most visibly important festival for the majority of the 2.1 billion Christians in the world today. The commercialization of Christmas has ensured that Christmas cannot be avoided at all in larger cities all over the world whether in Mumbai, Tokyo or Shanghai.

Christmas decorations, street lights, carol singers, Christmas gifts, glitter, Father Christmas or Santa Claus – all symbols of Christmas, familiar to kids and adults all over the world are, in 2009, banned in different parts of the Western World in the name of political correctness, often after complaints from non-Christians, who are offended by the religious symbols.

Christmas Trees Banned From Copenhagen Climate Change Summit by UN

Christmas trees have been banned from the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in Denmark.

Cutting down all those Christmas trees and then burning them afterwards raises the temperature of the planet by 0.00000000000000000000000000000000001% and contributes significantly to the destruction of the ozone layer.

Lights are not Christmas Lights in Dundee, Scotland

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Either due to market demands or probably aiming for sympathy from the UN, the Dundee City Council has ordered any reference to Christmas from the annual light switching on ceremony. A disco, a contemporary circus, a continental market and a fairy on stilts will replace the traditional nativity story.

Christmas Carol Singers Warned to Stay Away

As many people are feeling insecure about many strange people gathering outside their doors, Neighbourhood Watch and the Safer Chorley and South Ribble Partnership in Penwortham in Lancashire, UK are giving householders postcards, which they can hang on their doors or windows to inform carol singers to go elsewhere.

Similarly, in one New Jersey, USA, school district, children are banned from singing religious songs. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld the Maplewood-South Orange school district's ban on celebratory religious music.

Christmas Cross Banned on Fire Station Building

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The traditional Christmas cross on top of the fire station in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA, has been banned for fear of discriminatory lawsuits.

Christmas Decorations Ordered Removed From Building in Canada

The social housing agency, owned by the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, ordered Christmas trees and decorations from lobbies and wreaths from hallway doors removed as they were considered fire risks.

Glitter on Christmas Cards Banned

A nursery in St Georges Community Centre in Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, UK, have been ordered not to use glitter on Christmas cards made by the kids as this could damage the highly polished wooden floors.

Red-Suited Santas and Popular Carols Banned in Vienna Market

Organisers of the Christkindlemarkt in Vienna, Austria have banned the red-suited Santas and carols like ‘Jingle Bells’ as too tacky for their image.

Santa Claus Barred from Church in UK

Reverend Tim Storey, leading the service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Blanford, Dorset, UK ordered a parishioner Henry Cuff either to take off the Santa costume or leave.

Mrs Santa Claus Banned from Parade

Diversity or no diversity! A woman dressed as Mrs Santa Claus was banned from the annual parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA as having Mr and Mrs Santa in identical costumes would have confused children.

Christmas Banned in UK and USA

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Celebrating Christmas was banned in England as immoral and wasteful by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell from 1647 to 1660.

The Puritans took their dislike of Christmas to the USA. In the Boston are of Massachusetts, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas for 22 years. In the USA, Christmas became a Federal holiday only in 1870.

Bush and Blair Still Banned From Bethlehem

In April 2003 at the height of the military campaign directed against Iraq, the Orthodox Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem decided to ban US President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and UK Prime Minister Blair from the birthplace of Jesus Christ. 

"They are war criminals and murderers of children. Therefore the Church of Nativity decided to ban them access into the holy shrine forever."

Italian Mayor Bans Christmas Decorations to Battle Mafia

In the southern town of Portici, Italy, the Mayor Vincenzo Cuomo has ordered the police to patrol the streets and to immediately remove Christmas lights, wreaths, trees, red welcome mats or any other decorations that could be construed as expressions of holiday cheer. 

The ingenuous Camorra or the Naples based mob force locals to buy exorbitantly priced Christmas decorations as a form of protection payment known as “pizzo di natale”.

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This very brave mayor has already received an AK-47 bullet by mail, but refuses to defy the mob in the spirit of Italy’s two great anti-mafia heroes magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino (both were assassinated). Let us remember the valiant Mayor Cuomo as a part of the Christmas wishes. Merry Christmas!

A Merry Holiday season to all of you, whatever faith you follow.


Hampers said...

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.

Rochefort-U.S.A. Friendship said...

The money spent on Christmas decorations and electricity could save the lives of starving people all around the world. Well researched article as usual Rana.
Warmest regards and Happy Christmas.

Reporter online said...

In some little village on Spain do not have lights on their streets, but you know what happened? ... merchants complained because they wanted their lights as every year, said he was a serious error that the council had decided things are .... well, happy new year!

Hassan said...

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