Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gordon Brown doesn’t do Christmas

It is now clear that Tony Blair had to wait until he left office before admitting he did God, but Gordon Brown appears to do Allah, Waheguru, Krishna – in fact, the whole pantheon of gods - except Jesus.

The perceptive author of the Tameside Eye blog brought this to Cranmer’s attention, and from the ‘son of a manse’ it is really quite astonishing.

Here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Muslims for Eid al-Fitr:

And here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Hindus and Sikhs for Diwali:

And here is Prime Minister Brown’s message to British Christians for Christmas:

Yes, that’s right, nothing. Absolutely nothing. To a nation with a professed Christian adherence of 70% of the population, and a state church which provides both monarchy and Parliament with their historic foundations, the Prime Minister says nothing. So Cranmer has written him a piece for next year, using the precise phrases he deploys to sing the praises of Eid and Diwali:

“I’m delighted to send my warmest greetings to the British Christian communities on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. It is an important and wonderful celebration for families, and holds special meaning for people of all backgrounds, races and religions. It reminds us all of the birth of Christ, the importance of following the light - the star of Bethlehem - which brings with it the hope of peace to the world. Christmas reaches across communities because it is inclusive and gives time to reflect on the importance of faith, and on the contribution of Christianity to the history and culture of the United Kingdom, including art, philosophy, thought, and also to the nation’s prosperity and culture. Its involvement in every sphere of our national life is something we can all be proud of (sic). Once again, my very best wishes for a Happy Christmas.”

Cranmer hopes the Prime Minister will find time to make this little speech next year, and he makes no charge for its use. Yet with so much legislation passed over the last decade which is decidedly antithetical to the nation's Christian foundations and the propagation of the faith, such a speech would be little more than a crude and cynical attempt at electioneering - the religious equivalent of kissing babies in the street - which certainly would not fool those who have eyes and ears, or a modicum of spiritual discernment and integrity.


OpenID curly15 said...

I fear Mr. Broon has a lot on his mind at this busy time. How very forgetful of him.

27 December 2007 at 10:35  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

His Grace has overlooked the most important minority group of all:

PM Gordon Brown wishes the Jewish community a happy hanukkah

Here is Stephen Pollard of the allegedly conservative Spectator expressing his thoughts on the season:

Apparently today is some sort of holiday. In which case, Happy Xmas.

(Actually, today is my first ever Xmas. My family has never done Xmas, which for me has always been a day to make hay on the work front knowing that I'll have peace and quiet. Lunch has been the usual weekday sandwich.

But my wife's family has, like many other Jews, always done a big secular Xmas. So, at the age of 43, I am about to have my first proper Xmas lunch.

Given that Xmas - I use that spelling deliberately - is now an entirely secular festival, I'm pleased to be able to join in.)

Here is Melanie Phillips:

This blog is now off for a few days to find the end of the rainbow. Back early in the new year. Have a good one.

It is not Muslims, Sikhs or Hindus who hate Christianity and its festivals and have been doing all they can to push them and it out of public life.

27 December 2007 at 10:47  
Anonymous oiznop said...

I can scarcely believe these two speeches are virtually identical - just really replace 'Eid' for 'Diwali'. He must think Muslims and Hindus are stupid if he believes this patronising flattery works. Who is it for anyway? Are Muslims and Hindus searching the web for the PM's Eid and Diwali greetings? I don't think so! But to officially acknowledge these festivals and not Christmas (or, doubtless, Easter either) is insulting to the native faith of these islands. God (the real one) will be his judge.

27 December 2007 at 10:48  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Nedsherry,

His Grace thanks you for linking to Mr Brown's exhortation to British Jews on their celebration of Hanukkah.

The phrases are eerily familiar...

27 December 2007 at 10:52  
Anonymous the last toryboy said...

Gordon McBrown is however - and lets be fair to him - a complete muppet.

I don't have a TV so I fortunately see less of Brown than most people do I imagine, these youtubes do well to remind me why I despise the man so much.

Whats with all the head movements? Especially with the first one about Muslims. It looks like he's headbanging in mid speech...

Zero charisma, zero ability.

27 December 2007 at 12:55  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace, to me it would appear that these two videos were filmed at the same time. Yes, I can see a tie change but that seems to be all. And that twisted shirt collar rather gives the game away (eh, Watson?).

27 December 2007 at 13:25  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
Are we not being a touch dramatic? We are getting upset because Brown hasn't ticked some silly PR box of a speech for Christians? Brown is trying to be nice to his multicultural country - that's all. The whole country shuts down on Christmas Day. So I suppose he doesn't feel Christians need to be thrown a bone. Do you really want that bone?

27 December 2007 at 15:58  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Ms Snuffleupagus,

His Grace has not been elevated to monarch.

27 December 2007 at 16:56  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Can I firstly state that I have nothing against the world wide free masonic movement or the vast majority of its members?

Who I consider are find decent and caring people just trying to improve themselves for the betterment of their fellow man.


Just a little research into what the higher orders really believe to be the true religion of mankind, could spread considerable light on where the likes of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are really coming from.

Gordon Brown and Gordon's Browns father and father before him to my knowledge were high ranking free masons. Gordon Brown is a 33 degree member of the Accepted Scottish rite. Which is as high as a commoner can usually get.

These people believe in a higher religion that considers all religion to be in essence of equal value. As they all come originally from the same form of ancient sun worship, going back to well before Egyptian times.

Gordon Brown is highly spiritual as is Tony Blair. Its just that theirs is of a completely different but very related at the same time, reasonably secret form, from the rest of common humanity.

Cranmer; I would be very interested to know what you personally consider on this matter. As up to now, again to my knowledge, it is a very important subject you have so far avoided.

27 December 2007 at 17:21  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Atlas Shrugged,

His Grace has avoided the subject for a very important reason. Wink, wink.

27 December 2007 at 18:19  
Anonymous Nathan Hale said...

The crusade to banish all things Christian will not be without consequences. Children are very perceptive and will absorbe the message that while porn and obscenity are vital parts of public discourse, Christianity is something so dangerous and sinister that it must be avoided assiduously. Christianity is the new taboo.

27 December 2007 at 18:47  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...


Point taken

27 December 2007 at 19:17  
Blogger paul ilc said...

Your Grace,

Mr Broon seems to hold to a 'Calvinist' epistemology: all our western beliefs are to be discounted, precisely because they are ours, and we are morally corrupt - unlike non-westerners, who...

All the multi-cultural left are 'Calvinist' in this metaphorical sense.

27 December 2007 at 19:56  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

Is Gordon Brown a Christian ? I've never heard him say he is - but then perhaps I've missed something.

He's allowed it to be assumed he is - the whole son of the manse meme - but is it true ?

28 December 2007 at 09:51  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Mr Nedsherry,

His Grace thanks you for linking to Mr Brown's exhortation to British Jews on their celebration of Hanukkah.

The phrases are eerily familiar...

Well, as the Chief Rabbi has confessed, the community in question is the originator of the multi-culti mess:

Sacks said Britain's politics had been poisoned by the rise of identity politics, as minorities and aggrieved groups jockeyed first for rights, then for special treatment. The process, he said, began with Jews, before being taken up by blacks, women and gays. He said the effect had been "inexorably divisive. A culture of victimhood sets group against group, each claiming that its pain, injury, oppression, humiliation is greater than that of others," he said.

28 December 2007 at 18:18  
Anonymous king kong said...

"It is now clear that Tony Blair had to wait until he left office before admitting he did God, but Gordon Brown appears to do Allah, Waheguru, Krishna – in fact, the whole pantheon of gods - except Jesus."

Nay bother, he'll do that after he's left office too. He's also bottled on this one, for fear of offending the minorities.

PS: Gordon, don't forget to say "Kung Hei Fatt Choy" to the Chinese on the 7th February 2008. And with three respectful 'kow-tow' bows please!

29 December 2007 at 02:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not consider that Gordan Brown exists beyond the blinkered Labourites and therefore does not exist at all!

18 January 2008 at 21:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cranmer hopes the Prime Minister will find time to make this little speech next year,"

Sorry to tell you, he didn't. :(

12 February 2009 at 15:57  

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