Friday, 30 November 2007

More Christophobia

Funnily enough, Mr Mole somehow sounds like an appropriate name for the villain of this story from the Daily Telegraph.

Cristina Odone had been asked to write a piece for the carol service to be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields this Christmas that would be 'political and controversial'. When she did precisely that, Mr Mole informed her that it was too Christian for a 'multi-faith' service.

And therein lies the problem. 'Multi-faith' is a weasel phrase normally used by people with no faith at all: at the heart of it is usually an intention to undermine and demean all faiths. There is no such thing as multi-faith: you either have faith in something or you don't. If you don't feel able to participate in a Christian service, then don't. It would be bizarre if a mosque, mandir or synagogue were invited to host a 'multi-faith' anything at all, and of course it would not be PC to do so. Attacking the Christian faith is, uniquely, permitted. Atheists should be grateful for the freedoms that living in a Christian country, uniquely, gives them. These facts are not unconnected.

The event planned by the Royal Commonwealth Society is patently not Christian, and it is offensive to Christians that it should take place in a church at all. Let the Royal Commonwealth Society retreat to a secular place for their secular sing-song.

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