Wallace and Gromit lead aggressive secular assault on Christmas

By Jonathan Bartley
September 23, 2010
Wallace and Gromit carolling. Religious or secular stamp?  The battle lines are drawn.

‘Tis almost the season to be controversial. Brace yourselves, because there will be no religiously themed postage stamps this Christmas. It has been announced that Wallace and Gromit have been chosen instead, to head aggressive secularism’s latest assault, this time that most noble of great (formerly) Christian institutions, the Royal Mail.

It is of course a load of rubbish. But every year some Christians get up in arms over the Post Office policy with regard to its Christmas stamps. A few years ago, there was even an alleged conspiracy circulated widely by email that the post office had sent a secret memo to all employees (which no one could actually produce) telling post office workers to keep the religious stamps hidden, and only produce them if specifically asked for.

The scene has been well and truly set for another season of paranoia with the Pope’s comments on the festive season (sorry 'Christmas') and the alleged drive to remove religion from public life.

The Post Office policy is to alternate religious stamps and ‘secular’ stamps each year. This year [2010] it's supposed to be the non-religious option. But I wonder if in fact we'll get some irate secularists up in arms too. Wallace and Gromit appear to be singing Christmas carols on one stamp, which does look rather religious. I understand that Wallace also recently attended an Alpha Course (lured by the cheese at the Alpha supper) and both are now regular church attenders.

This could get nasty...

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i am so sick of people havig

i am so sick of people havig a problem this is somthin since all these protest the world is spiraling out of control maybe this is a sign and we should all stand by the ten commandments of life love and morality and things might get better instead of greed hate and anger against what is right that has ruined society open your eyes people its evidence is all around us

Wallace and Gromit.

On this subject this blog is funny, your readers might enjoy it: http://paulowensblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/wallace-and-gromit-worshipping...

Carol singing

Love it :)

Carol Singing

Angels from the realms of Gloucester (Double or Single)

God Rest You Merry Cheddarmen

O Come, O Come, Emmental

Camembert Carol

We will Roquefort, Roquefort, Roquefort

Religous stamps

The BBC report of the issue of these stamps also says that the Madona and Child stamps originally issued in 2007 will also be available again this year.
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11375402
If all the Christians ask for the religious stamps maybe the Post Office will get the message that they are wanted.

Carol singing

"Good king Wensleydale" ? ;) (HT @winterjulie)

Carol singing

I believe that Wallace misheard and thought that Christmas was all about 'baby cheeses'.

Wallace and Gromit lead aggressive secular assault on Christmas

Even as an atheist – well, agnostic, I guess, but anti-organised-religion, anyway – I can't really object that much to Christian stamps. After all, Christianity has informed much of what we do, much of our art and culture, even if the vast majority of people can't swallow all the magic and woo-woo that go with it. Even Richard Dawkins is on record as saying that he enjoys a good carol concert, and in our house we have a somewhat naff but enjoyable double CD of Christmas songs from shows – some religious, some pagan. I treat Christmas as a pagan affair (without worshipping any pagan gods or godesses). We have evergreen stuff such as a real tree, which symbolises the eternity of things, and is a bridge between one year and the next. We have special grub and a bit more wine than usual. It punctuates what seems by that time the unrelenting nature of winter. We often take it to a Twelfth Night dinner.

But we don't balk at calling it Christmas. We say "Happy Christmas" to people. Summoning up all those other laborously manufactured terms such as "Winterval" and "the festive season" (mildly better, that one) is such a fag.