John Walsh: Christmas hasn’t been “nobbled by Christianophobes”
Independent columnist John Walsh on the “Not ashamed” campaign.
One thinks back a century before that, to when Dickens was inventing Christmas as an almost entirely humanist phenomenon, as “a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely…” And, if we’re talking about “our country’s tradition and history”, one might point out that Christmas gradually evolved as a Christian gig after years of being a pagan Saturnalia, designed to cheer up the drear nights of the medieval winter.
Not even Lord Carey’s own people believe in his awful warnings about anti-Christian discrimination, the censorship, the undermining. The heads of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia say they can find no evidence to back up the “Not Ashamed” campaign, although “we have found consistent evidence, however, of Christians misleading people and exaggerating what is really going on, as well as treating other Christians, those of other faith and those of no faith in discriminatory ways”.
The sad truth, Lord Carey, is that people aren’t hostile to religion or passionately devout about it; just increasingly indifferent. They may send religious cards, sing carols, attend Mass, inspect the crib, as they’ve always done – but more as a style choice than an expression of devotion. They haven’t been nobbled by Christianophobes. They just don’t feel any atavistic twitch of veneration any more.
When the philosopher AC Grayling was introduced on a recent radio show as “a devout atheist”, he corrected his host: “That’s like calling me a devout non-stamp collector.” What bothers Christian Concern, and the like, is that many people just aren’t disposed to collect the stamps any more.
Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/john-walsh/john-walsh-festive-mice-are-not-a-pagan-plot-2148665.html
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