18 December 2010

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UK – British Red Cross Fears Muslims – Bans Christmas Celebrations –

UK – British Red Cross Fears Muslims –
Bans Christmas Celebrations –

Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops.

Staff has been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Muslims.

Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, said:
‘We put up a nativity scene in the window and were told to take it out.
It seems we can’t have anything that means Christmas.
We’re allowed to have some tinsel but that’s it.

‘When we send cards they have to say season’s greetings or best wishes.
They must not be linked directly to Christmas.

‘When we asked we were told it is because we must not upset Moslems.’

Mrs. Banks added: ‘We have been instructed that we can’t say anything about Christmas and we certainly can’t have a Christmas tree.

Source – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

On this article I did not find the date, is it the same 2002 article or new one.
So I can not confirm this news is old, 2002 news item or new.

Same thing happened in the year 2002 also.
In 2002, Red Cross offices in Britain were ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Muslims.

Reality views by sm –
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Now what is the reason Red Cross organization is acting like this,
Is this the new style of making Muslim People happy or Taliban happy or
does red cross fears the Taliban type Muslims ?

Now whenever you plan to donate money to Red Cross think about it,
A global organization which fears,
which does not understand that the blood of every human being is red,
religion has nothing to do.

I will say in future if you plan to donate money think to whom and which organization you are donating money

Always donate for the education of children

Never donate to religious organization or organization which does not think all religions and all humans are equal.

Question for Red Cross
Will you ban Diwali and Ramazan and any other festivals?

Are you going to pass the law that Red Cross will not celebrate any festivals of any culture then it may be Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Jew or any other?

I tried to find information regarding this
is this story true or not,

I just found that American Red Cross is going to celebrate the

About UK Red cross I did not find any information except all the sites talking about Ban

Update from UK Red Cross site regarding ban on Christmas celebrations

In response to this news

I found that Red cross UK blog has now mentioned this –
This is a guest blog from Charles Williams, our editorial manager:

Yesterday, we started getting some comments on our Facebook page from people angry with us for ‘banning Christmas’, which we haven’t, and the story now seems to be spreading on some American websites.

It turns out that these people have stumbled across an article that appeared in the Daily Mail in 2002 and now forms part of the paper’s online archive. Unfortunately, the article isn’t dated on the Mail’s site, which had led some people to believe this was a current news story – although references in it to Sangatte, the Calais refugee camp that closed in 2002, do serve to date it. We denied the gist of the piece strongly at the time.

Christmas is a major UK holiday and time of celebration, which is shared by people of all faiths and those of no faith. Many of our shops and offices are decked out in festive decorations around this time of year – we also sell a range of Christmas cards and gifts in our shops, both high street and online.

It’s true that you won’t find explicitly religious items or displays, relating to any faith, in any of our shops, at Christmas or any other time. But this certainly doesn’t amount to a ban on us celebrating or mentioning Christmas, or any other holiday. And it’s absolutely nothing to do with “offending non-Christians” or to serve any other sort of politically correct agenda.

The point is that the Red Cross is not a political or religious organisation. This neutrality is one of our fundamental principles and governs everything we do in the whole Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It means that we can reach and help people in need, whoever and wherever they are. Often we provide help in countries that other organizations cannot or will not work in.

We cross front lines in times of war to help conflict victims and visit prisoners of war on both sides. We can only do this life-saving work because we are understood to be a completely neutral, independent organisation. Put simply, our neutrality saves lives.

We can’t let people in need down by compromising our neutrality. That is why we do not align ourselves with any particular political cause or religious creed anywhere in the world. And that’s why we don’t have any items of a religious nature in our shops.

A nativity scene in a shop in Kent might seem like it has nothing to do with our sensitive, precarious work in a war zone in Africa or the Middle East. But in a world where information travels quickly and pervasively – a world where an eight-year-old news story is still raising questions with our supporters – we have to make sure we act consistently across the board with regard to our neutrality.

We wish all our supporters a merry Christmas and a happy new year!


deeps December 18, 2010  

thats interesting...
just wondering where we would end up if each religion is getting offended by others' celebrations and prayers...

kiran sawhney December 18, 2010  

Very interesting. But I am just curious now. You are using "We" in this blog post. Does this blog belong to some particular organisation or an individual?
Anyways, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

radha December 18, 2010  

I always believe religious festivities should be confined to the four walls of the home. And if commercial establishments want the festive mood, they should be permitted to decorate their outlets without the religious overtone. Then all will be well.

sm,  December 18, 2010  


sm,  December 18, 2010  

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney,,
this is independent blog , what i feel , what i understand i write here
the first part is taken from Dailymail website which has used the term, We.

I do not support any political party .
I represent myself.

sm,  December 18, 2010  


Nrupen Masram December 19, 2010  

Certainly new crap in list has something to do with religious beliefs. I think next we'll not see a World War because a religious cold war is already going on.


sm,  December 19, 2010  

Nrupen Masram,,

Nimmy December 22, 2010  

Being a muslim,reading the article you quoted,i was wondering what should i do with the star i hung in my home..

We lit star for christmas,make sadhya and pookalam for onam...Most people around me do so..

Now they have become sucessful in spreading their propaganda..spread a false news that Christmas offends muslims..Yet another label for muslims...sigh...

sm,  December 22, 2010  


Anonymous,  January 02, 2011  

British Red Cross Fears Muslims??

sm,  January 02, 2011