An Post: Anecdotal justification for religious displays.

Discuss church-state separation issues that are relevant in Ireland.
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Post by bipedalhumanoid » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:34 am

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Post by FXR » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:27 pm

To: an post
cc: minister Ryan

Dear Ms. Mxxxxxxxx

Thank you for your reply. I do not think evidence that is not even in the realm of anecdotal is sufficient justification for a religious display in a public building. If you have any factual evidence of the, and I quote "very favourable views of the vast majority of our customers" I would certainly like to see it.

As far as I'm aware the vast majority of the customers who daily enter the GPO are looking for postal services rather than a display of the superstitions of one particular religious cult.

Regarding the, and again I quote, "origins of Christmas" it seems you have been mislead unless of course the display has references to the Winter Solstice, Isis, Saturn, Mithras, Yom Kippur, Celtic tree worship and Corporate Commercialism. If the display were to include all those I'm sure it really would be a "must see" rather than a tawdry display that cannot even keep to the myth it is meant to perpetuate (hint: the plastic baby is not supposed to be in the crib until the 25th). The present display must even be a disappointment to devotees of the religious cult. I have surveyed it and I can only say that the Virgin Mary doll looks like Michael Jackson (post surgery op No 375) while one of the other plastic dolls looks like Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps this is an attempt by An Post to widen the appeal by making a nod to celebrity culture. If so I think it has failed and the whole thing should be removed on the grounds of sectarianism and plain health and safety.

Yours sincerelyxxxxxxx xxxxxxx
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Post by CelticAtheist » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:57 pm

If they have a good comeback to that, I'll eat my hat....
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Post by lostexpectation » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:15 pm

The problem I have with the annual assault on Christmas by these intellectual and moral pygmies -- I'll probably be reported to the Press Council by a pygmy asylum seeker, but there you go
WTF

oh I get to shout BINGO! he mentioned Winterville replacing Christmas which we all well know by now is total FALLACY. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winterval

atheists didn't ban the ad, doherty

another screed from the indo.
In Britain, for instance, Greenwood Junior School has cancelled their traditional Christmas pantomime because, you guessed it, Eid falls during the scheduled time of the performance.
the moved it timing, but its just a christmas panto, cinderalla ffs, if it were a navity play it might be getting somewhere near an actual noteworthy story.

i say no thanks to daily mail atheism
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