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BIRMINGHAM FACES CRITICISM OVER 'WINTERVAL' FESTIVITIES

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The Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Santer, has criticised the city council because it has called a series of events tak...
The Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Santer, has criticised the city council because it has called a series of events taking place over the festive period 'Winterval' rather than Christmas, in the hope of creating a more multi-cultural atmosphere, reports The Guardian (p3).

The council has planned a series of festivities under the hybrid title - a combination of 'winter' and 'festival', and a spokesman said: 'As the events run before and after Christmas we have not called it a Christmas festival.

'But Christmas is included in the programme of events which will have traditional images, including angels and carol singers.'

But the Rev Santer said: 'It seems that the secular world, which expresses respect for all, is actually deeply embarrassed by faith. Or perhaps it is Christianity which is censored.'
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