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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Easter Humbug – Christian Parade Banned In UK

Easter Humbug – Christian Parade Banned

By Jennifer Matthys –
Every year in North London, Christians from four different churches get together to march a 400-yard route to celebrate Easter. This short walk, involving adults and children is a tradition going back more than ten years and is one that has not seen problems in the past when it was marshalled by police officers holding up traffic for a few minutes.
But this year the Good Friday parade has been banned because of “health and safety” fears.
The church leaders have said that the town hall bureaucrats are refusing Christians the rights routinely afforded to minority groups.
Council officials have claimed that they banned the procession because they were contacted too late to carry out a “consultation” to close the roads! Of course, in reality, it would seem that this is just an excuse by the council as they seek to further downgrade Christian beliefs, in the hope that they do not offend Muslims.
Father Hugh MacKenzie, of St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, has been quoted as saying that “the rights of Christians are being overlooked in favour of the rights of Islamic groups and gay rights organisations.
“One does wonder whether if it was a homosexual rights or Islamic group the council would have been more flexible, as it doesn’t seem like rocket science to permit us to walk 400 metres.
“The rights of Christians are just not respected in Britain.
“The idea of tolerating the major religions, particularly the Christian religion which has been at the heart of our civilisation, and our right to express ourselves in this moderate way is a very basic aspect of religious freedom.”
Brent Council, which has banned this procession, boasted last year that it had held the biggest Diwali event in the country, after more than 60,000 people turned out. In July last year, the council appealed to the Muslim community to notify it of any Eid events so it could promote them free of charge.
But they will now not do the same for Christian religious festivals. It is totally ridiculous that a Christian religious group cannot be allowed to walk just 400 yards to celebrate one of the most important events in the Christian calendar, yet the selfsame council hosts a Diwali street celebration each and every year, and will bend over backwards in order to please their Muslim inhabitants.
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