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Minister says it's good to keep Christ in Christmas

Federal Multicultural Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave on Saturday urged department stores to incorporate nativity scenes into their Christmas window decorations to keep Christ involved in the celebration.

He echoed the sentiments of Prime Minister John Howard, who on Friday slammed "political correctness gone mad".

Some Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres have banned Father Christmas, replacing him with figures such as clowns to avoid offending minority groups.

Mr Hardgrave said the festival of Christmas is important to Australians of all backgrounds.

He also pointed out almost 13 million Australians regarded themselves as Christians according to the 2001 Census.

"After 2000 years, Christmas is here to stay - it can not be erased by the Grinch-like forces of political correctness gone mad," he said.

"In the same way multiculturalism is about sharing cultures, Christmas is an important part of Christian faith which can be respected, shared and enjoyed by all."


Message for Hanukkah (media release, Gary Hardgrave MP , Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs)
Don't take Christ out of Christmas: minister (The Age)
Religion takes a back seat in the sleigh ride that is Christmas consumerism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Restoring Santa's 'incarnation' (Episcopal Life)
St Nicholas Centre

2 Dec 2002