How Britons, arguably more than any other people in the developed world, have been cowed by the Multikulti Marxists:
The only illumination that lit up the sky on the first Christmas was the star over Bethlehem. But more than 2,000 years later, the streets of Britain are ablaze with a bizarre array of garish neon images – some with only the most tenuous of links to the festive season.
With so many faiths in the country, messages wishing ‘Happy Eid’ or ‘Happy Diwali’ are widespread – even though both those festivals have long passed.
Meanwhile some shopping areas have plumped for secular themes, perhaps for fear of offending non-Christians, even though the results are often surreal. Others have decided that commercialism should override any spiritual message and erected lights that are little more than blatant advertisements for their sponsors.
Some of the more bizarre examples are where councils and local businesses have funded displays showing swans, umbrellas, reality TV stars and space-travelling Santas – all likely to baffle, if not horrify, traditionalists.
Just yesterday, Communties Secretary Eric Pickles called on local councils to mark Christmas with traditional lights, carol services and nativity scenes, saying: ‘We should actively celebrate the Christian basis of Christmas, and not allow politically correct Grinches to marginalise Christmas and the importance of the the birth of Christ.’
Conservative MP Philip Davies also sees the changing face of festive lights as an attack on Christian traditions. He said: ‘Local authorities are obsessed with not offending anyone. It’s ridiculous that Christianity is being sidelined .
‘All this pussyfooting around is done in the name of not offending people from other faiths. But it tends to be done by white middle-class people with some kind of bizarre guilt complex.’
As London’s prime shopping destination, Oxford Street might be expected to offer a dazzling display of traditional Christmas icons. But this year, the £330,000 mile-long canopy of illuminations is dominated by images of . . . umbrellas.
Why umbrellas? ‘Because it rains a lot in Britain,’ said a spokesman for the Oxford Street Association. ‘There was no real theme. We just wanted something different and fun.’
But shopper Christine Thatcher, 32, from Slough, Berkshire, was unimpressed. She said: ‘It doesn’t exactly inspire much cheer. Why celebrate one of the more gloomy aspects of living in Britain?’
The switch-on ceremony has previously been performed by stars such as Ronan Keating and the Spice Girls. But this year, it was a low-key affair, featuring vulnerable children from the charity Kids Company.
In contrast, Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush offered much more glamour: its lights were switched on by singer Rihanna. Her best-known hit, ironically enough, is Umbrella.
In many towns, shoppers are wished ‘Happy Eid’ and ‘Happy Diwali’. They refer to the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which marks Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God, and Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. However both celebrations finished earlier this month.
In multicultural towns of the North West, the Muslim holiday Eid and the Hindu festival of Diwali are being marked alongside Christmas. However, both celebrations are long finished: Eid was on November 16 and the five days of Diwali revolved around November 5.
In Rochdale, ‘Happy Eid’ is accompanied by a moon and a star, and shines out alongside images of Christmas crackers. The £89,500 lights – which were switched on by singer Simon Webbe, formerly of boy band Blue – also feature the Muslim greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’, meaning ‘blessed festival’, as well as an image of a traditional lamp to mark Diwali.
A Rochdale Council spokesman said: ‘We have a varied and diverse display, representing our community.’
The non-Christmas lights are expected to be taken down imminently.
The streets of Tooting, South London, are decorated with illuminated images of candles, palm trees and other decorative flourishes to celebrate Diwali.
Businessman Indrajit Patel, the chairman of the committee responsible for the lights, said that the £20,000 display would ‘double up for Christmas’.
He said: ‘They will stay up now until the New Year. It’s supposed to be a multicultural offering for Muslims, Hindus and Christians, basically providing a feelgood factor for the town centre.’
But when asked which of the emblems were Christian, Mr Patel admitted: ‘We don’t have a nativity scene.’
A council spokesman added: ‘It is a multicultural display, reflecting the different religions that are present in Tooting.’ [except Christianity, of course - Ed]
The shopping street that epitomised the swinging Sixties has opted for a traditional Father Christmas.
But in keeping with the street’s out-of-this-world image, designers have dressed him up as an astronaut, floating amid 16ft wide inflatable planets, stars and even versions of the Sputnik satellite.
The decorations feature the slogan ‘Carnaby Welcomes The World’, the first sign to be hung above the street in the Sixties. The display of ‘astro Santas’ was created by James Glancy Design, a company specialising in ‘seasonal decorations and urban art projects’.
‘We wanted something different, so we decided on a space-age theme, rather than a traditional Christmas one,’ said the organisers. It was similarly alternative last year, when the lights had a Sixties theme and a go-go dancer entertained the crowd during the switch-on.
But 2008 was more conventional. Then, giant snowmen floated above the street against a cascade of sparkling snowflakes.
When she said wanted to be star, she didn’t mean the sort that goes atop a Christmas tree…
But Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton gamely donned a pink chiffon fairy dress before being hoisted 54ft in the air to crown the giant pine at the Lakeside centre in Essex.
Chantelle, 27, who was born in nearby Wickford, clutched her wand and beamed for the cameras at the launch of the centre’s otherwise traditional decorations.
She later wrote on Twitter: ‘Most craziest day yesterday being put on the top of Lakeside’s Christmas tree! I was petrified!’ A spokesman for Lakeside said: ‘Chantelle did an amazing job, she was wearing a harness underneath the dress and was supported by wires.’
We wrote last weekend about how the Leftist concept of ‘community cohesion’ was being used to contain tensions in areas where unbridled immigration has damaged the fabric of some communities in Britain.
This idea is a subset of another idea of Marxist/leftwing thinking – Multiculturalism. The doctrine of Multiculturalism is based on a notion almost as old as time – that of ‘divide and rule’: if you wish to exercise control a population, isolate the differences that set them apart – then exploit them.
The outward messages are always superficially appealing – the calls to ‘celebrate our differences’ and the the promotion of the notion that all cultures are equal (they aren’t) – are difficult to resist on the surface; however the cracks begin to show when one holds them up to the light for closer examination – which is exactly what most people, especially in busy, hard-working societies seldom do.
In Britain’s case, this has been glitteringly successful – aided and abetted by the media (in particular the powerful, left-leaning BBC) the proponents of Multiculturalism have created a climate where criticism of this doctrine can land you in court – or end your career; as businesses large and small have bought in – although some would argue for fear of litigation.
In perhaps most sinister victory of all for the Multikulti Cult – a large and increasing number of British people have been forced to sign ‘Equality and Diversity’ policies upon accepting employment. These carry penalties of disciplinary action, leading ultimately to dismissal for non-conformers.
Britain, in common with other ‘Anglosphere’ countries is already an open, generous and accepting society without the political manipulation of the Left. Her people do not need to be forced into tolerance.
To purport to do so, as we define all forms of political correctness in our Lexicon of Jihad section of the site, is not only intrinsically evil – it is also quite simply the elevation of sensitivity over sense.
For further reading, we’ve made available for download ‘The Poverty of Multiculturalism’ the excellent report from Civitas, a British Civil Society think tank.
It’s well worth making the effort to read.
[Source: Mail on Sunday]
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