U.K. officials have blocked the word “Christmas” because it may offend minority religions.
- Civil servants have blocked the word ‘Christmas’ from efforts to avert a winter Covid-19 crisis, as they fear it would offend minority religions, according to The Daily Mail.
- The ban was allegedly detailed in emails leaked to The Mail on Sunday.
- Ministers had apparently planned a publicity stunt telling students to get tested before returning to their families using the slogan, “Don’t take Covid home for Christmas.”
- But the proposal was vetoed by Cabinet Office officials who feared it would offend minority religions.
- Saqib Bhatti, the Conservative MP for Meriden, characterized the ban as “ridiculous.” “As a Muslim, I find it ridiculous we can’t enjoy this special time of year. I look forward to showing my new son his first Christmas tree. The idea you can’t mention Christmas is completely ridiculous,” Bhatti said. “I’m proud of that and proud to celebrate Christmas. The [woke] Blob needs to stop waging war on Christmas and get on with delivering for the British people,” he concluded.
WHAT OFFICIALS SAID IN THE EMAIL:
- “We have been advised by Cabinet Office that we should not use the word Christmas—as the Government campaign needs to be inclusive and some religions don’t celebrate Christmas,” an email seen by The Mail on Sunday read. “The other option was ‘festive season’ which keeps the emotional motivation.”
- “We have gone with ‘Don’t take COVID-19 home for the holidays’—as it links to school and university Christmas holidays,” the email continued. “The alliteration with ‘home’ and ‘holidays’ scans well and is memorable.”
- “We don’t refer to Christmas as the holidays (that’s an Americanism),” the email read. “Please can we say, ‘Don’t take Covid-19 home.'”
The British government is not unique in waging a woke war on Christmas traditions this year, with a short film produced by the Norwegian postal service seeing Santa fall in love with another man.
The advert — which British left-wing newspaper The Guardian has called “heartwarming” — follows St Nick and his new love interest, Harry, who at one point tells Santa: “All I want for Christmas is you.”
The film ends with the pair passionately embracing with a kiss.