Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:34 am
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