A time for lov­ing

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA - ENZO LEONE Maranga­roo

The be­lief that na­tiv­ity scenes or any Chris­tian as­pect of Christ­mas of­fends peo­ple needs to be re­futed.

Liv­ing in an area that is mul­ti­cul­tural and in­ter­act­ing with dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups, I can state cat­e­gor­i­cally that Mus­lims and other non-Chris­tian groups are not at all upset, nor are they ask­ing that Chris­tian dis­plays/dec­o­ra­tions be re­moved.

It is the self-ap­pointed of­fence tak­ers and peo­ple with an axe to grind about tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions that pur­port to speak on be­half of oth­ers.

A Mus­lim work­mate said that as a com­mu­nity they have enough dif­fi­culty in be­ing ac­cepted. The last thing they need is for their name to be used by ac­tivists to fur­ther their ridicu­lous at­tack on tra­di­tion. The mes­sage to shop­ping cen­tre man­agers and the rest of the com­mu­nity is do not bow to ag­i­ta­tors, but pro­mote and cel­e­brate Christ­mas in all its forms, with gift giv­ing and ac­knowl­edg­ing the re­li­gious his­tory that un­der­pins this pe­riod of joy. It should be a time of love, shar­ing and friend­ship, not a time for di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

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