UK Red Cross bans Christmas.
Who in their right mind would be offended if someone wearing a Red Cross emblem wished them a “Merry Christmas”? Let’s start with the people at the Red Cross! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-152361/The-Red-Cross-bans-Christmas.html?printingPage=true
Now, the International Red Cross may not consider themselves a Christian organization. But whether they like it or not, over the last 2000 years, the Cross has become the universal symbol of Christianity. In fact, all those crosses on all those national flags throughout the world represent the fact that they all, at one time, gave their allegiance to Christ, in one form or another, including the Swiss nation where the Red Cross was founded.
Now let’s clarify — it is NOT the American Red Cross; it is the British branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that is declaring this ban — and I think they’re a bunch of knuckleheads for doing so!
Their reason behind the ban is: Celebrating Christmas, including the display of the Nativity, would be offensive to those in the Muslims community who they serve. Really? During what crisis did the British Red Cross begin polling Muslims-in-need to determine level of offensiveness of the phrase “Merry Christmas”?
I also wonder if the powers-that-be-at the U.K. Red Cross realize that Muslims don’t find Jesus (called ‘Isa in Arabic) as offensive as they do. In fact, Islam honors Jesus as a great prophet; they simply don’t believe he is the Christ. Further, Jesus’ Mother, Mary, holds great honor in the Islamic religion, as well.
“How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”
Sound familiar? Yes, these are the words of the Virgin Mary. But they are not out of the Bible; they’re from Jesus’ birth story in the Koran. So tell me again, how is the birth of Jesus, a great Islamic prophet, offend Muslims? It does not! If you don’t believe me, click on this link to see where the most expensive Christmas tree is being publicly displayed — and it’s not in a “Christian” nation: http://tinyurl.com/3xvnc2w
Here’s the good news: The British Red Cross has not extended the Christmas ban to their own profitable products. Items currently on sale include Christmas cards featuring angels and wise men and Advent calendars with nativity scenes. Hmmmm, having faith that Jesus will deliver where and when He is most needed.
Maybe the Red Cross is a Christian organization after all.