British aristocrat Lord Michael Ashcroft defended the centuries-old custom of wishing individuals a “completely happy Christmas” after bureaucrats instructed employees at one college to keep away from utilizing the phrase “Christmas.”
“I shall proceed to want everybody a contented Christmas and won’t change this to a contented festive season,” Ashcroft declared on in a tweet that went viral on Twitter Tuesday.
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Ashcroft was responding to a report from freelance journalist Sophie Corcoran that the College of Brighton was advising employees “to keep away from utilizing the phrase ‘Christmas’ for worry of offending non-Christian college students.”
“I don’t perceive this – we don’t ban the phrases Ramadan or Diwali,” Corcoran identified, although “many people don’t have a good time these festivals.”
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Ashcroft additionally shared a section from British radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer on the Christmas fiasco. “Civil servants have been instructed to confer with Christmas events as ‘festive celebrations’ in an try to keep away from excluding totally different faiths,” she defined.
“Is that proper? Is that how it’s important to have a woke Christmas social gathering now?” she requested.
“It’s a British custom,” Hartley-Brewer mentioned. “We’re raised in a Judeo-Christian tradition, the place we mark the non secular festivals of Christian faith, as a result of that is the origins of our historical past and our values and our tradition.”
She gave herself for example of somebody who celebrates Christmas with out being a Christian. “I’m an atheist. I’m not remotely offended by one thing calling [it] a Christmas Social gathering. Why are we having a celebration? As a result of it’s Christmas. That’s why we’re having the social gathering.”
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Hartley-Brewer additionally mocked the concept that Christmas needs to be known as a “festive celebration” as a result of there could also be non-Christians current. “That’s like saying we will’t have turkey and pigs in blankets as a result of there’s a vegetarian on the desk.”
She continued that at the same time as an atheist, “I might not be offended if I used to be invited to some form of non secular pageant.”
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Ashcroft additionally tweeted out a “Christmas Field” card, sharing that he had “promised to donate” to the trigger. The cardboard shared a hyperlink for individuals to assist deliver the “Christmas temper” to kids in Ukraine.