Yes, they are all wishing us a happy Christmas

There is a kind of political correctness that says we should ban all religious celebrations from the public square for the sake of interfaith harmony. In general, that is not a position supported by the various faiths, who counter with “everyone should be able to celebrate their own festivals”. Then there is yet another approach which says “Everyone should celebrate everyone else’s festivals”. Well, how about we each have the freedom and commitment to celebrate our own festivals, while at the same time wishing other communities well as they celebrate their own festivals? It might look a bit like this (from a variety of faith communities and organizations in South Australia, including the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide):

Now, can we expect something similar for Passover and Ramadan?

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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3 Responses to Yes, they are all wishing us a happy Christmas

  1. Matthias says:

    Not Passover but I wish all of my jewish friends a Happy Hanukhah

  2. Terra says:

    OK so good to see some support for Christams for a change.

    But seriously, while Christmas comes under attack every year, admittedly as much from secularists as from the more extreme adherents of Australia’s other religions, does Ramadan or passover seriously get the same treatment? I think not, quite the contrary.

  3. Tony says:

    @ David.

    I’ve tried re-reading this post a few times and seeing if the comments made it clearer, but I simply don’t know what point you’re making.

    @ Terra.

    Is that not so because, overwhelmingly, Christmas is a much more widespread festitivity? Is such an explanation too simple?

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