The Red Grinch

Isn’t the Grinch meant to be green?

Anyway, the UK Red Cross has banned Christmas.

Yep. Why do you ask?

To not offend Muslims.

Huh? You mean Muslims like these charming fellows?

But anyway, check these couple of lines from the original article (my emphasis added)…

Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops.

Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems.

The charity’s politically-correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and mockery last night – from Christians and Moslems.

No Christmas for you!

Jesus is revered in Islam, too. So what the hell is the Red Cross on about?

Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him). They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).

(My emphasis)

Red Cross? FAIL.

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • December 17th, 2010

    Interesting, isn’t it?

    At the supermarket a couple of days ago, I ran into a Muslim lady with her young son (a 3yo). The little boy was beaming from ear to ear. I smiled and said, “A very happy little fella”. The lady said, “He’s driving me crazy. Santa is coming!”. We stood and had a friendly chat for about 10 minutes.

    I was really pleased, considering her obvious religion and my own prejudice, I guess. I thought at the time, they really are just people and families enjoying the Aussie way of life. They’re not all radical.

    And then you read of this type of stupidity from the Red Cross in the UK. I think a lot of the problem (as usual) is just Lefty do-gooders, who actual do very bad things and like to make life difficult for everybody. I am coming to the conclusion, Leftism is a Mental illness.

    • I use to baby sit for a Rabbi (considering I am in my mid 50s, that would have been about 40 years ago!) who did the same thing. His 4 children knew Santa Claus was a nice man who brought good children presents on Christmas!

  1. Hi, I work for the American Red Cross and I hope I can help straighten the facts up in this story. Here’s an excerpt from the British Red Cross blog that explains the situation:

    “Yesterday, we started getting some comments on our Facebook page from people angry with us for ‘banning Christmas’, which we haven’t, and the story now seems to be spreading on some American websites.

    It turns out that these people have stumbled across an article that appeared in the Daily Mail in 2002 and now forms part of the paper’s online archive. Unfortunately, the article isn’t dated on the Mail’s site, which had led some people to believe this was a current news story – although references in it to Sangatte, the Calais refugee camp that closed in 2002, do serve to date it. We denied the gist of the piece strongly at the time.

    Christmas is a major UK holiday and time of celebration, which is shared by people of all faiths and those of no faith. Many of our shops and offices are decked out in festive decorations around this time of year – we also sell a range of Christmas cards and gifts in our shops, both high street and online.

    It’s true that you won’t find explicitly religious items or displays, relating to any faith, in any of our shops, at Christmas or any other time. But this certainly doesn’t amount to a ban on us celebrating or mentioning Christmas, or any other holiday. And it’s absolutely nothing to do with “offending non-Christians” or to serve any other sort of politically correct agenda.”


    Thanks, hope this helps,


    • Thanks for that. So why don’t you stick your teeth into the Daily Mail?

      One thing but…

      The point is that the Red Cross is not a political or religious organisation. This neutrality is one of our fundamental principles and governs everything we do in the whole Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement


      But isn’t the Red Crescent the Muslim version of the Red Cross (Christian?).

  2. As Gloria points out above, we haven’t banned Christmas. The story is based on an inaccurate newspaper article from eight years ago which resurfaced this week.

    I just thought I’d answer your question about the Red Cross/Red Crescent. The emblems actually indicate indicate neutrality, respect for army medical services and the protection conferred upon them, volunteers with first aid societies and the victims of armed conflicts.

    Neither emblem has any religious or political significance.

    You can find more information about the history of the emblems on our website:

    • Can you sue the paper or anything like that?

      • Deborah Leigh
      • December 21st, 2010

      With all due respect, if neither emblem has any religious significance then why have two different symbols? If your statement were correct then the ambulances in most of the Middle Eastern countries could have the white cross, but they don’t because Muslims won’t allow it. There are stiff penalties for the display of the cross. Further, if there were no religious significance then there could be a completely neutral symbol assigned to these organization. The crescent is a symbol of Islam, and the cross is Christian.

      The actions by the Red Cross are further shame on the organization. I will not donate. Coal to the Red Cross!

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • December 19th, 2010

    Thank-you to both Gloria and BRC for the information and clearing that up.

    I happily take back my comment of “stupidity”, which was based on the erroneous News article, if this is indeed the case.

    I must say, I agree with BB. If the story is not true. Red Cross should take the Newspaper to task over the spreading of misinformation. Why would they purposely sully the name of your organisation? It doesn’t seem right, at all, if it is unfounded. A retraction and public apology is needed, surely.

    • Too right. You know, I was had. But fuck me if I expect when I read a NEWSpaper, that I expect news, not 8 year old rehashed crap.

      • The NEWSpapers say you should verify everything read on a blog. It seems that this rule should apply to them as well.

        • A shite irony. And now it’s spread to PACO.

          But I got the original story off Matt Drudge so those Red Cross guys must be working overtime.

      • Deborah Leigh
      • December 21st, 2010

      Perhaps you should think this thru again. See my comment to British Red Cross.

      • Yeah, they can go jump with their crescent/cross explanation but I thought I’d let it go. Whatever their faults, they shouldn’t have to deal with eight year old news stories being presented as news.

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