It starts with a new planner for secondary schools produced by the European Commission. They printed three million copies of a planner that marks all Muslim Hindu, Sikh, Jewish holidays. Of course, Europe Day and other key dates of the EUnion are also included.
However, no Christian holiday whatsoever is mentioned. Even though Christianity is the religion of most Europeans. The page for December 25 is empty, except for a message at the bottom of the page saying: "A true friend is someone who shares your worries and your joy". How is that for intense, politically correct blandness?
Johanna Touzel, spokesperson for COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union) protested, saying she found the planner "unbelievable". In reaction a spokesperson for the European Commission spoke of an "error". In the next editions that error will be corrected: future editions of this planner will
That is so unexpectedly brilliant it leaves yours truly in awed silence... Rather then giving Christian holidays the same pride of place reserved for holidays of other religions, that merry band of iconoclastic heathens that is the EUnion are going to strike all mentions of religious holidays from the planner. They'll sooner remove everything than mention Christmas!
One wonders whether a EUrocrat will blister when sprinkled with holy water... Can we leave yet?
[UPDATE001] Bruno Waterfield has more on this absurdity here.
[UPDATE002] The EUnion is not the only form of government afflicted with embarrassment over its roots. In the US media pundits are now apologizing for using the word Christmas.