elbows Jesus aside
By Howard Langmead
in the Melbourne
Thursday, December 2, 2004
Claus has come to town, but baby Jesus has been refused entry. The
secularised, commercial Santa cult has little connection with celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ.
St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myrna, credited with leaving anonymous
gifts at the homes of poor children, has been de-canonised and forced
to serve the gods of commerce and greed. Others say this is multiculturalism,
showing respect for other faiths. But who wants a secular Christmas?
Muslim and Jewish people do not object to Christians celebrating
their faith. They, too, want respect for their religious faith and
can model a secular state and a multi-faith society. The anti-religious
agenda, as seen in the French banning of religious dress in schools,
Celebrating Christmas while banning reference to Jesus is a secularising
trend. The away-with-the-manger agenda does not promote a multicultural
society but a secular, faith-denying culture.
Vicar, St. John's Anglican Church West Brunswick