Sunday, December 05, 2004

More tinsel, and find me a Virgin.

Prime Minister Howard, not usually a fan of flambuoyance, wants more Christmas decorations on display and a return of the virgin in the Sydney CBD.

In response to Clover Moore's explanation of Sydney CBD's December street display
"[...]the approach is consistent with a multicultural, multi-faith Australia."
John Howard uttered this:
"Christmas is not only a religious festival, but it's also part of the history and the culture of this country. And the very idea that you win acceptance by denying your own identity is pathetic. It's always been at the heart of what I regard as the harmful aspects of multicultural zeal.

And can I say that I was very disappointed some years ago when a lot of the department stores began...abandoned nativity scenes."


Blogger weezil said...

I'm totally with Johnny, believe it or not... until it comes to who pays for it.

The government represents people of many religions and none at all. If we celebrate one resident's religious holidays at public expense, celebrate them all at public expense.

See you next Eid.-weez

12:33 pm  
Blogger chlgeorge said...

It's very complicated in a country made up of immigrants like Australia. I don't think anyone here in the UK (except for cities with a very mixed population) has ever made a strong case for toning down Christmas. I think though to claim it is a Christian festival doesn't ring entirely true. Obviously it's about the birth of Christ and all that and it *is* an important Christian festival. But it's also got pagan roots and many secular Europeans celebrate it as a mid-Winter festival of consumerism. Otherwise why would we have Father Christmas? So it is just as much about cultural identity as about religion. Still, it would be nice to live in a country where everyone's festivals received equal prominence. More days off work for a start!

10:28 pm  
Blogger Mallrat said...

ha ha love the DOA Santa.
just discovered your blog via barista. good stuff. I bet you're a friend of Justin O'brien's... who i used to work with...

4:41 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Claire you're right, more holidays are always welcome.

I think Gary Boumer hits the mark with his comment that Christians that are going to have to push 'Christmas' in a multi-faith society, not public civic councils.

10:08 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Hey Mallrat, thanks, I especially liked Santa's tighty whitey's...

I'm sorry I don't know your friend Justin O'brien.

10:19 pm  
Blogger Nu-Ju said...

RE: Haloscan. I too was worried about installing Haloscan but it's amazingly easy, they have an automatic thing for blogger/blogspot blogs. Excellent for those who are technologically challenged like myself.

10:29 pm  
Blogger suki said...

This is heartening news Nu-Ju, thanks.
I have other reservations...I can remember when the much-missed psephites' moved to Haloscan and lost all their previous comments.
Is there any way that loss of total previous data can be avoided, or was that a one-off thing?

11:49 pm  
Blogger Nu-Ju said...

Ah yes. I'm not sure about that. I think that you lose all of your comments. This wasn't such a big problem for me because I had a a sum total of around 5 comments when I moved to Haloscan. I'd consult nerdier people as to whether there is a way to get Haloscan commenting whilst preserving all of your old comments.

4:51 pm  
Blogger Rantz said...

And what would one do with a virgin for Chrissakes?

8:47 pm  
Blogger Rantz said...

Well, you wouldn't really have to "lose" your comments: think non-linear, blogger, think non-linear: keep the Blogger comments as they are, create your HaloScan stuff, include that in your blog, create new posts blogger comments turned off for that post, allow HaloScan for new posts.

By doing that you can keep your Blogger comments and then have new HaloScan stuff. Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me - have you seen the amount of SPAMMish entries on blogs using Halo?

6:51 pm  

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