A campaign to save Christmas
The Norfolk man who last month took on British Airways over their uniform policy has this month set himself the modest task of saving Christmas. Marcus Stafford , 41, of Dillington near Dereham is a web designer and no stranger to harnessing his computer skills for political ends.
The Norfolk man who last month took on British Airways over their uniform policy has this month set himself the modest task of saving Christmas.
Marcus Stafford , 41, of Dillington near Dereham is a web designer and no stranger to harnessing his computer skills for political ends.
Marcus received a rapturous reception to his boycott British Airways website - which he set up in support of the check-in worker who was asked to remove a small cross pendant by the company.
His most recent venture is bringbackchristmas.co.uk - a site dedicated to the different ways traditional Christmas is being sidelined in favour of more commercially viable, politically correct alternatives.
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He said: “It's not a religious thing- I'm not really a churchgoer- but all of this talk about Wintervals is ruining it for me.
“We celebrate Christmas now but without a thought for what it means. It is a religious festival so why pretend it isn't?”
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To Marcus, the over-sensitivity about Christmas, does not stem from any discomfort it causes to people of other faiths but from the government's paranoia about it causing offence.
He said: “None of my friends who are Jewish or Muslim or any other religion really think of Christmas like that. Many of them celebrate it in their own way- perhaps getting a tree or presents for their families. It's just councils, governments and bureaucrats who over-react calling it things like Winterval and removing reference to Christ.
“It's about cultural Christianity more than anything. For many people in Britain Christmas isn't necessarily about Church but it is about family, and turkey with all the trimmings and a tree. It's not about getting incredibly drunk and sending season's greetings.
“There wouldn't be a season or a holiday without Christmas so why try to forget it?”
Marcus sees himself as championing the views of moderate democratic Britain, a majority he sees as very little represented.
He said: “We all talk about these things with our friends- how crazy we think they are- but we don't stand up for ourselves. These things really annoy me and I want to shout about it.”
And Marcus plans further campaigns next year.
He said: “I just think the views of ordinary, reasonable people are completely unrepresented. We are not ones to make a fuss, but I think it's about time we did.”