The Bottom Line: The Red Cross Bans Christmas
Friday, December 17, 2010 11:22 AM


A charity well known all over the world for having a vividly recognizable christian symbol as its logo has officially banned Christmas. 


The Red Cross has ordered its staff to take down decorations and remove other signs of the Christian holiday might offend Muslims. 


430 of its fund raising shops have been ordered to take down nativity scenes, pull christmas trees, and send redacted  cards missing any mention of Christmas. 


Might offend Muslims huh? 


Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, pubt it best: 


'I think the policy is offensive to Moslems as well as to us. No reasonable person can object to christians celebrating Christmas." 


No one object to Muslims celebrating Ramadan. No one bats an eye at Jews celebrating Hanukah.  


But when it comes to Christmas, well...all bets are off.  


A spokesperson for the organization  had this to say about the scrubbing of Christmas: "We don't want to be seen as a Christian or Islamic or Jewish organization because that might compromise our ability to work in conflict situations around the world." 


Can someone please explain to me how a christmas tree would prevent the Red Cross from providing humanitarian aid?  


If you really want to get technical, why have the Red Cross in the first place? I don't mean the organization, which I'm sure does good work, but the symbol itself? Why not the Red Triangle, or the Red Octagon? You chose to use a christian symbol in the first place people! 


My final point is this....even Muslims think this is ridiculous. 


Labour peer Lord Ahmed, a prominent Muslim politician said: "It is stupid (emphasis mine) to think Muslims would be offended." 


That's right. A muslim said its stupid. I agree whole heartedly. 


"He added: 'In my business all my staff celebrate Christmas and I celebrate with them. It is absolutely not the case that Christmas could damage the Red Cross reputation for neutrality-I think people have gone a little bit over the top.'" 


The Bottom Line: Even Muslims think its dumb. No one is offended by christmas tree. Plenty of non-christians celebrate Christmas. Why do you think the mall is packed this time of year? People browsing for gifts for a holiday they won't celebrate? 


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