UK - Row as Christmas lights renamed

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Stella, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Another example of:
    - Retarded Britain
    - PC Britain

    This article reminds me of when Brum City council renamed Christmas Winterville, fearing people from other Religions would be offended. In reality, they couldn't give a flying ****.

    Oh how I pity you lot living in that 2nd world country...

    Row as Christmas lights renamed

    Christmas lights have been renamed in Lambeth
    A decision to call Christmas lights "Winter Lights" in south London has been condemned as showing a "total lack of respect" for Christians.
    Advertisements for the switch-on of the lights in multi-cultural Lambeth have renamed them, apparently for fear of offending other faiths.

    Tory councillor Bernard Gentry told the BBC: "Christmas appears to have been cancelled in our borough".

    A spokesman said it was an error by a junior official and not council policy.

    In three of Lambeth's main town centres, the lights were referred to as "Winter Lights", while in a fourth they were called "Celebrity Lights".

    The idea that, in some way, the religious festival of Christmas is offensive to others is just daft
    Bernard Gentry
    Lambeth councillor

    The council spokeswoman said an official was concerned about people from other religions.

    She said: "It was a junior-level decision and it happened to go into print which was an error basically.

    "I think it was certainly not a council policy that we should call the lights winter lights."

    But it has led to a series of headlines such as "Christmas is banned" and "The PC [politically correct] lights show" and led some members of other faiths to call it "ridiculous".

    And Mr Gentry, a conservative member of the joint Lib Dem-Tory controlled borough, told the BBC it went against efforts to promote respect for all faiths.

    "It just seems totally against everything that we as members of the council have said, when officers try to airbrush out one of the main festivals of what is still the biggest religion in Lambeth."

    "The idea that, in some way, the religious festival of Christmas is offensive to others is just daft - I have never heard a single person who's said that."

    The advert appeared in Lambeth Life - a newspaper distributed by the council - and on posters.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    This happens every year, accompanied by the same media backlash. I think Lambeth Council is one of the regular culprits...
  4. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Utterly, utterly ridiculous. :rolleyes:

    Thankfully I don't live in Lambeth. I don't think they've cancelled Christmas in my borough yet!

    But yeah, this is just another example of the UK going a little OTT on the PC-bollocks front...
  5. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Personally, I think that since we all know that Christmas is simply overlaid on the Year's End festivals traditional in all pre-Christian societies, the lights might just as well be called Solstice Lights. They are, after all, nothing to do with the Christian celebration of Jesus' adopted birthdate, but erected in main shopping streets to boost sales. Why the outrage?
  6. Stella thread starter macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Christmas is to do with Jesus?!!! ;-)

    I thought it was so commerce could rake in a lot of money over a short period of time...

    There is a department store in Canada called "The Bay". In Toronto, Yonge / Bloor Store they have had their Christmas decoration department up since October...

    ..How f??king sad. I refuse to shop there for that very reason during this period.

    Its a shame shops can't wait until December 1.

    1st January and all shops will have their St Valentines products on sale!!


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