Muslims should celebrate a traditional Christmas: UK minister
12 November 2012
Muslims and other ethnic minorities residing in Britain should become conditioned to the lifestyle of Christians and include Christmas in their list of celebrated traditional holidays, a Britain Cabinet Minister has said.
Baroness Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, told The Mail on Sunday that it was time to deal with ‘politically correct’ attitudes.
The Minister of Faith and Communities said immigrants and their families need to become integrated with the British lifestyle and to forcefully interact in English.
Furthermore, Warsi added the importance of immigrants to celebrate Christmas by including the full scenery with Nativity plans and Christmas cards.
She also said that public institutions, including hospitals, should cease using multilingual documents to help ethnic minorities well integrate in the British society. She also called for schools to stop employing classroom assistants who can do not speak English.
“Being brought up – before the politically correct brigade got going – on harvest festivals, maypoles, Nativity plays, Christmas carols and the Lord’s Prayer, made me much more sure about my own identity,” Warsi said. “I didn’t feel it was all watered down to the lowest common denominator.”
She added, if more help was provided to immigrants to learn the language and were asked in a direct way, there would be better interaction between races leading to stronger ties and will further help non-English speakers who have high potentials from earning an estimated £8 billion ($12.6 billion).
Warsi partially blamed the English society for “watering down” the rituals of Christmas celebration, like transforming religious greeting cards to “season’s greetings.”
She accused English people to lack self-confidence leading to immigrants to copy them as their model.