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Christmas survives culture war for another year

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30.11.2021

It appears that officials working in the Cabinet Office believe that statements issued by the British government should not refer to Christmas on the grounds that it excludes members of the public who do not celebrate the holiday.

Civil servants who regard inclusion as a quasi-religious article of faith sought to block the slogan “Don’t take Covid home for Christmas” in a campaign targeted at university students and replace it with “Don’t take Covid home for the holidays.”

In the end, sanity was restored and, at least for this year, Christmas was saved.

What’s interesting about this incident is not simply that earnest members of the language police attempted to ban the word Christmas and replace it with the supposedly neutral and inoffensive term holiday, but that sections of the media elite think that those who make a fuss about it are over-reacting.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Sophia Sleigh dismisses those who are put off by the attempt of the Cabinet Office to ban the use of the word Christmas and describes the incident as a “nonsense culture row.” As far as she is concerned, this was just an attempt to make “an anti-Covid campaign relevant to those who do not celebrate Christmas.”

That dropping the word Christmas would make the Government slogan far less relevant to the vast majority of the British public is of no concern to the inclusion........

© RT.com


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