'Anti-Muslim' Fear over Christmas Ban

December 2, 2006

Author: Tryst Williams

Source: Western Mail


COUNCILS and firms that "ban" Christmas because it could offend other faiths are provoking an anti-Muslim backlash, religious leaders warned yesterday.

Christian and Muslim religious leaders have hit out at moves to force staff to wish customers "season's greetings" rather than a "merry Christmas".

The chair of the Christian Muslim Forum, set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Tony Blair to foster better links between the faiths, has now written to councils across the UK urging them not to drop Christian symbolism from this year's festivities.

It follows criticism of Christmas postage stamps picturing Santa rather than Jesus and official Government cards with no mention of Christmas.

Across Wales only one council - Wrexham - is featuring the nativity story in its official public celebrations. Among the other 21 local authorities Caerphilly is celebrating Christmas with samba and carnival dance workshops. Swansea and Cardiff have outdoor skating rinks and fairground rides.