Stamp rage strikes again
The Royal Mail has a policy of alternating between religious and non-religious designs for its festive stamps. This year is a non-religious year, but that hasn’t stopped the Daily Express screaming that “Christ is dumped from Christmas stamps”, and phoning round the usual suspects for outraged “political correctness gone mad” quotes.
Here is a selection from yesterday’s paper:
A Church of England Spokesman:
Last year they came up with some very innovative designs which reminded people of the true meaning of Christmas, so we welcomed it.
We regret that they haven’t carried on. I am sure lots of Christians will regret that they haven’t carried on in the same way as well.
The True Meaning of Christmas? That’s not really what you want, Rev.
Tory MP David Burrowes:
It is a great shame that they are treating it as just another secular festival, because we have enough of those throughout the year.
Such as? Easter, Ramadan, Diwali…
Stephen Crabb, another Tory MP:
Removing faith from Christmas is to neuter it as a festival.
It simply becomes a festival of materialism and that is not what it was meant to be about. I am dismayed and disappointed by the decision of the Royal Mail.
Dr Christina Baxter, from the Archibshop’s Council of the General Synod:
I am deeply disappointed and I think a large majority of people in this country will also regret the Royal Mail’s decision.
And Stephen “Dog Shit” Green, of Christian Voice:
They probably did it to avoid causing offence to some – but I for one am deeply offended by this.
Next year the Royal Mail should give Muslims the opportunity to display some pious outrage. It’s only fair.