UK 'must celebrate Christianity'
Has anyone noticed something about the Royal Mail designs for the Christmas stamps this year? While the Madonna and Child are not quite to Cranmer’s taste, the Church of England has welcomed the return to a religious theme after criticism of the last year’s decidedly secular issue. But for the first time since Christmas stamps were introduced in 1966, the Royal Mail has issued two designs for 1st and 2nd class post.
Could it possibly be that because the Madonna and Child stamps constitute a distinctly Christian theme, that the alternative inoffensive angels are available just in case the secularists or those of a minority faith should complain? And have you noticed how the less offensive designs helpfully have the words 'peace' and 'goodwill' prominently displayed, just to ensure the Islamists get the message?
But since Royal Mail insists on alternating religious and secular themes, will there be a Christian alternative next year just in case the Christians are offended by Widow Twanky, Cinderella or Aladdin?
And Cranmer wants to know why the Royal Mail insists on alternating a secular theme with a religious one in any case. Christian themes should feature on Christmas stamps every year. Or is the reality of the generic angel alternative a further indication that all things overtly Christian are being subsumed to the twin pincer movement of Islam and secularism.
It is one thing (though wholly laudable) to initiate a debate Christianophobia in Parliament; but it is quite another to suffer persecution in the marketplace for seeking to confront the zeitgeist head-on. As Alistair Burt MP observes:
"That Christianity has a pre-eminent position in British life in comparison to other religions is not wrong. It is not a case of equality. Of course, the practice of all religions should be free, fair and equal, but that Christianity is pre-eminent is not through any attack on equality; it is an acknowledgment of its role in creating the tolerant, free and democratic society that we all enjoy. If we lose that, will it damage the Church and affect the faith of millions in Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour? No, it will not. The nation, however, would lose far more in terms of what the Christian faith can contribute to the life of the nation, to its civic society, its voluntary groups, or anything else. The Church does not need contemporary Britain, but does contemporary Britain need the Church? You bet it does."
Yet one dare not assert the necessary and logical corollary of this, for to make explicit the clear implications could have political consequences of Powellite proportions.