Elaine Glaser’s complaint about Christianity being Britain’s official religion and the impact that has on its Jewish minority may signal someone else who needs to bail out on that "right, tight little isle."
Why suffer through another dreary English winter when you can a) move somewhere that is warm and b) find a place where the holidays are dealt with on an entirely different basis? I wrote a piece two years ago–my first on Christmas and the culture wars–where I noted how this played out:
For those of us from South Florida, this issue is old hat. Merchants and governments there have long been sensitive about the subject because of the large Jewish population. This always made Christmas something of an adventure. Jews and Gentiles in jobs which required work on Christmas would swap days off so they could celebrate their respective holidays. We learned Hanukkah songs in public schools (I think the God-hating liberals at the ACLU have had that cut out.) My mother always insisted that we decorate for Christmas because “people would think we were Jewish” if we didn’t. Meanwhile a Jewish classmate of my brother’s would witness a “Hanukkah bush” sprout at his house.
I also suggested that Evangelicals need to be creative in their response:
Since evangelical Christianity is enamoured with all things Jewish these days, this situation suggests a new tack for Christians. Perhaps we should quit decorating for Christmas so people will think we’re Jewish! I am sure that there are Christian schools that are teaching Hanukkah songs, and we since so many praise and worship choruses are in the Hebrew style we can do the same thing for Christmas music. If we can’t force our opponents to clarity, perhaps we can gain victory through confusion!
The problem here–and in the UK also–is that too many people confuse a secular state with enforced atheism. If we could ever get past that, things would be much simpler.