EU's Wise Choice . . . ? Erase our Christian heritageJANUARY 2011:
NICK Griffin has slammed the European Commission for producing three million copies of an EU diary for schools (right), that contains no reference to Christmas or Easter but includes Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivities as well as Europe Day and other key European Union dates.
"This appears to be the deliberate undermining of our traditional identity and religion by the forces of leftist aetheism," Nick told fellow MEP Roberta Angelilli who is collecting signatures for a written question to the Commission on the issue.
Pressure is now mounting for the Commission to recall the 2010-2011 diary, which has been sent out to schools across the 27 nation state bloc.
Commission spokesman in Brussels, Frederic Vincent, claimed that the omission was just a “blunder” would not be repeated in future editions.
"We’re sorry about it, and we’ll correct that in next edition. Religious holidays may not be mentioned at all to avoid any controversy," he said, the Johanna Touzel, of the Catholic Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, was sceptical"
"Christmas and Easter are important feasts for hundreds of millions of Christians and Europeans. It is a strange omission to make. I hope it was not intentional," she said.
There is a belief amongst some MEPs that the move was deliberate and done so not to offend Europe's growing Muslim population.
Last year's EU Christmas card had no mention of Christ’s birth but just the words "Season's Greetings."
The approach is seen as a deliberate policy to marginalisation of Christianity, which is the majority religion in Europe, because of the growing influence of Islam.
And it's not just the anti-Christian message that has angered Nick:
"Make no mistake this is EU propaganda, which is being part-paid for by the British taxpayer and sent into schools across Europe to brainwash impressionable young minds. It's a sinister ploy to promote the European Union and undermine the sovereignty of nation states and our Christian values and traditions," he said.