Gordon Brown doesn’t do Christmas
The perceptive author of the Tameside Eye blog brought this to Cranmer’s attention, and from the ‘son of a manse’ it is really quite astonishing.
Here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Muslims for Eid al-Fitr:
And here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Hindus and Sikhs for Diwali:
And here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Christians for Christmas:
Yes, that’s right, nothing. Absolutely nothing. To a nation with a professed Christian adherence of 70% of the population, and a state church which provides both monarchy and Parliament with their historic foundations, the Prime Minister says nothing. So Cranmer has written him a piece for next year, using the precise phrases he deploys to sing the praises of Eid and Diwali:
“I’m delighted to send my warmest greetings to the British Christian communities on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. It is an important and wonderful celebration for families, and holds special meaning for people of all backgrounds, races and religions. It reminds us all of the birth of Christ, the importance of following the light - the star of Bethlehem - which brings with it the hope of peace to the world. Christmas reaches across communities because it is inclusive and gives time to reflect on the importance of faith, and on the contribution of Christianity to the history and culture of the United Kingdom, including art, philosophy, thought, and also to the nation’s prosperity and culture. Its involvement in every sphere of our national life is something we can all be proud of (sic). Once again, my very best wishes for a Happy Christmas.”
Cranmer hopes the Prime Minister will find time to make this little speech next year, and he makes no charge for its use. Yet with so much legislation passed over the last decade which is decidedly antithetical to the nation's Christian foundations and the propagation of the faith, such a speech would be little more than a crude and cynical attempt at electioneering - the religious equivalent of kissing babies in the street - which certainly would not fool those who have eyes and ears, or a modicum of spiritual discernment and integrity.