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‘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 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...Tweet