Dr Gordon Macdonald of the Christian charity CARE, has blasted the Scottish Government for financially supporting 23 winter festivals this year that have no Christmas connections.
According to the Christian Institute he complained:
It is part of the general secularisation that has been taking place within the Scottish Government for a number of years where our Christian heritage and value system has been undermined as a direct result of government policy.
Last month, Dr Alasdair Allan, Scotland’s International Development Minister, pledged almost £400,000 towards the 23 events including Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh and a torchlight parade in Glasgow.
A further £20,000 has been handed to voluntary group BEMIS to put on events celebrating Jewish festival Hanukkah and Jamhuri day – the national day of Kenya.
Scottish Conservative shadow Culture Secretary Rachael Hamilton said it is “bizarre” to avoid even mentioning Christmas in the programme.
She pointed out that other parts of the UK have benefited from visitors who come to celebrate Christmas.
An opinion poll shows that most Scots describe Christmas as their favourite time of the year.
It is a misrepresentation to say the public is not bothered about Christmas because clearly they are.
The Scottish Government said its funding programme aims to encourage people “from all backgrounds and walks of life” to celebrate Scotland’s national days and enhance a sense of community.
A spokeswoman added:
The Scottish Government recognises that Christmas is a key celebration for families and communities and supports the occasion.
This from LGBTQ Nation:
The pro-Trump group America First Policies has announced it will start running ads on Christmas day to thanks Donald Trump. Various people spout off ridiculous pleasantries during the ad ensuring that the primary intended viewer is the notoriously vain Trump himself.
While Republican leaders and cabinet members continue their sycophantic praise of America’s worst President, the final plea of gratitude from
Tiny Tim a little girl is the most ridiculous.
“Thank you, President Trump, for letting us say Merry Christmas again.”
It should go without saying – despite Trump’s language that we “can” say Merry Christmas as if we couldn’t before – that America’s first black president did not ban the words “Merry Christmas.”
For the record, he also didn’t skip Christmas in favor of Kwanzaa as our racist current president alleged in 2011.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Christmas ad report)