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Hindu Snowmen Added to Christmas Scene at Westminster Abbey

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Marcia, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Marcia

    Marcia Active Member

    May 12, 2004
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    Some Anglican clergy have added a multicultural twist to Christmas decorations, adding Hindu snowmen, a Chinese dragon and a Jewish temple to the lawn where the traditional scene of a baby Jesus, angels, and the three wise men used to be displayed alone.
    “We’ve done this as it creates a good opportunity for Christians to meet and hear about the stories of people of other faiths,” said the Rev Jane Hedges, a canon of Westminster Abbey, according to The Telegraph.
    “Christmas is an opportunity for everyone to stop and think and is a great opportunity of the different faiths to talk to one another,” she said. “Wherever you’re coming from there should be something to celebrate at Christmas.”
    The Abbey’s canon pointed out that the story of Christ’s birth is included in the Koran, and noted that the Hindu snowmen is meant to convey that Hindus have something to celebrate during Christmas too.
    “Strictly speaking, the message of Christmas is about the birth of Christ, but it has a much broader message of peace and goodwill,” said Hedges.
    Westminster Abbey will showcase life-size snowmen with turbans and bindi dots on their foreheads to send out the message that Christmas is not exclusively for Christians.

    I'm with this guy, quoted in the article:
    "Alison Ruoff, a senior member of the Church of England’s ruling council, commented, 'Why are they putting such a ridiculous spin on Christmas? It’s a nonsense and makes me really quite cross.'"

    Yes, it makes me "quite cross" as well!
  2. targus

    targus New Member

    Feb 10, 2008
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    Just wait until the Hindus protest this mockery of their beliefs.:laugh:
  3. Deacon

    Deacon Well-Known Member
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    Aug 23, 2002
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    We have a lot of handmade ornaments on our Christmas tree.

    One of our favorite ornaments is a simple manger scene with Mary and Joseph overlooking the holy child.

    Only in years past a small marshmellow snowman somehow melted into the picture exactly where the manger should be. :laugh: