Monday, 6 August 2007

Not a prayer

Archbishop Cranmer alerts us to a report by Christian Voice which alleges that David Cameron has plans to introduce new bank holidays to celebrate Eid ul Adha, Diwali and Guru Nanak's Birthday.

Didactophobe has already replied to this outrage and repeats his answer thus:

"Eid ul Adha is a festival based on a belief which fundamentally contradicts the Christian and Jewish scriptures. Muslims teach that Abraham was instructed to sacrifice Ishmael, not Isaac.

This may seem a minor point to your non-Christian and non-Jewish readers, but it is from this that Muslims claim that the Christian and Jewish scriptures are false; that Ishmael was the true heir to Abraham and consequently the Holy Land belongs to the descendants of Ishmael (the Arabs) and not the descendants of Isaac (the Jews).

To make this a national holiday would therefore be a fundamental attack on Christian and Jewish beliefs and effectively elevate Islam to be the de facto state religion. It is no minor matter, as the Muslims are well aware.

Diwali is essentially an Indian New Year festival. Although it is used by Hindus to celebrate the defeat of Ravana and for the worship of Lakshmi, it is more secular than religious. There is no more reason for the rest of us to celebrate Diwali than to celebrate Chinese New Year. I can see little harm in them, but little point in making them public holidays."


Mousie said...

I'm not sure that celebrating Muslim festivals isn't a little insensitive in the current political climate, but I'm certainly all for the introduction of a new bank holiday to celebrate Diwali.

I'm a white British atheist and I "celebrated" Diwali last year, just for a laugh.

It involved lots of candles, several bottles of Cobra and an Indian banquet, all of which were very enjoyable!

The welcoming of Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) into the house was an optimistic touch, which sadly has yet to prove fruitful, but, all in all, it was a good night, so we'll definitely do it again this year.

There might not be any point to it, but it's fun. And if Dave wants to give us more bank holidays, he can't go far wrong in my book.

(And thanks for the link; I'll certainly reciprocate.)

Didactophobe said...

"It involved lots of candles, several bottles of Cobra and an Indian banquet, all of which were very enjoyable!"

- I am not knocking any of that!