Talk of Christmas being banned on the mainland is humbug
When it comes to stopping the seasonal fun, you need look no further than the West where universities, schools and organisations were the biggest Scrooges
Exclusive! Stop the presses! The West has been trying to kill Christmas. You may have read that the mainland has banned Christmas. Well, this is better.
All across North America, university campuses either banned or discouraged students from making Christmas decorations and/or celebrating the holiday as Christmas.
According to “Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace” at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, employees should “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise”.
Ohio State University suggested in guidelines that “decorations and food should be general and not privilege any religion”, during the festive season.
Cornell University declared no one should hang mistletoe, because such things are associated with Christmas. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota deemed “inappropriate” the display of “Christmas trees, Menorahs, and the colours red and green and silver and blue”.
The list goes on and on, so I have only given you a small sample. It’s not just universities.
Padstow School, a primary school in Cornwall, England, this year banned its students from decorating their town’s Christmas tree.
The American Humanist Society had tried in recent years to stop schools from sending care packages to children in need during Christmas (other times are OK!); and the US Department of Veterans Affairs banned workers at its Salem, Virginia, centre from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans because they might not be Christians.
From all these, would you conclude that the West has declared war on Christmas? I would. By comparison, the anti-Christmas efforts made by the mainland seem insignificant.
Communist Youth League outfits at the University of South China in Hunan and Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in the northeastern province of Liaoning did instruct members not to celebrate Christmas. But note that not all students were targeted, only young communist members.
Modern College at Northwest University, in Shaanxi, once posted anti-Christmas posters. Oh, one city, Hengyang, in Hunan, “banned [the public] from occupying streets for parties and celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day”.
Did the mainland ban Christmas? An editorial in the communist Global Times has confirmed there was no such ban and attributed the fake news to Western media sensationalism.
But, find out for yourself and visit Shenzhen. Any self-respecting mall there has more lavish Christmas decorations and bigger Christmas trees than those in Hong Kong.