Nov 22 2010
…And replaces it with a bit of Muslim Eid and Hindu Diwali. Throw in a Star of David or two for good measure, and suddenly it doesn’t look like Christmas anymore. This is madness, political correctness on steroids.
UK DAILY MAILEid and Diwali are being celebrated alongside Christmas in a council-organised display of lights, even
though Eid is celebrated in early fall, and Diwali in November. Although the Muslim and Hindu events have already passed, the lights are being kept up by Rochdale Council in order to ‘represent the community’.
Officials are said to be anxious not to offend other faiths so they have ensured the Christmas display incorporates the other celebrations. (In their misguided efforts not to offend anyone else at Christmas time, they end up offending Christians).
Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire, told the Daily Star: ‘I’ve no idea why local authorities up and down the country are so ashamed of celebrating Christmas.
‘All this kind of pussyfooting around is done in the name of not offending other people from other faiths. ‘But it tends to be done by white middle-class people with some kind of bizarre guilt complex.’
The Christmas lights were switched on last night although the Muslim Festival of Eid ends today and Diwali was celebrated two weeks ago.
Former boy band member Simon Webbe from Blue flicked the switch for the display, which cost £89,500. A council spokesman said: ‘We have a varied and diverse display, representing our community.’