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It was prophesied in ages past. OK, actually, it was predicted in my blog back in September. But the Daily Express are first out of the blocks carrying the expected rant against 'secular' Christmas stamps with the headline Royal Mail bans religion. (Reported by the paper as "an exclusive"!).
Of course, the Royal Mail has done nothing of the sort. But apparently “church leaders are furious with Royal Mail bosses” because they are following their usual policy - which everyone except the tabloids and the odd parish priest seems to know - of alternating new editions of religiously themed stamps every other year.
Religiously themed stamps are of course on sale every year and always available. As the article itself makes clear, the Royal Mail have distributed tens of millions of the Madonna and Child stamps to go on sale alongside the Wallace and Gromit stamps.
I expect however that as in years gone by, there will now be an email campaign accusing the Royal Mail of aggressive secularism, which in itself seems to be becoming a Christmas tradition all of its own.
(Incidentally I used to have a very evangelical Christian friend, who had to deal with much of the communications for the Royal Mail. He used to tear his hair out every time these stories cropped up. He felt that these stories made Christians look incredibly stupid. I am inclined to agree with him.)Tweet