Monday, July 12, 2004

A good use of time? 

I've just heard a report on the radio that the General Synod of the Church of England (ie the CofE's ruling body) is calling on the Royal Mail to only issue Christmas stamps with a Christian theme. Recent designs have features secular images, such as holly, and Synod feels that, as 70% of people described themeselves as Christian in the last census, they should be going for something more 'religious'.

Now, quite apart from the fact that it's difficult to buy non-Christmas stamps in November/December and I don't think that people of other faiths or non should have to have Christian imagery forced on them, and the fact that I think many of that 70% could best be described as 'culturally Christian' and sending Christmas cards is probably as close to religious observance as they get, is this really something worthy of debate? I look at everyhting that's going on in the world right now, and I ask why the ruling body of my church is debating pictures on stamps.

Rant over, normal service resuming soon.


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