Christmas is axed in Oxfordwww.nannyknowsbest.blogspot.com

Council leaders in Oxford have decided to ban the word Christmas from this year’s festive celebrations to make them more ‘inclusive’. But the decision to rename the series of events the ‘Winter Light Festival‘ has been criticised by religious leaders and locals said it was ‘ludicrous’.
 
Sabir Hussain Mirza, chairman of the Muslim Council of Oxford, said: ‘This is the one occasion which everyone looks forward to in the year. Christians, Muslims and other religions all look forward to Christmas. I’m angry and very, very disappointed. Christmas is special and we shouldn’t ignore it.
 
‘Christian people should be offended and 99 per cent of people will be against this. Christmas is part of being British.’
 
Rabbi Eli Bracknell, who teaches at the Jewish Educational Centre, said: ‘It’s important to maintain a traditional British Christmas. Anything that waters down traditional culture and Christianity in the UK is not positive for the British identity.’
 
The idea came from the charity Oxford Inspires, which was set up to promote culture in the area. Tei Williams, a press officer for the charity, said: ‘In Oxfordshire we have Winter Light which is a whole festival spanning two months. Within that will be Christmas carol services.’
 

 

 

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