Baroness Warsi urges Muslims to celebrate Christmas

Telegraph.co.uk 12 November 2012
By Robert Winnett

Baroness Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, will urge all minorities to "join in” with traditional British festivals. In an interview with a Sunday newspaper ahead of her speech on integration, the peer added that hospitals and other public services should phase out the use of multilingual forms to help ethnic minorities integrate fully and that school should not employ classroom assistants who cannot speak English.

"Being brought up – before the politically correct brigade got going – on harvest festivals, maypoles, Nativity plays, Christmas carols and the Lord’s Prayer, made me much more sure about my own identity,” said Lady Warsi. "I didn’t feel it was all watered down to the lowest common denominator.”

The Conservative peer also discussed how she celebrated Christmas with her family and enjoyed carols. She insisted on sending out "proper, traditional” Christmas cards rather than "bland” multi-faith greetings. "Why not? White people celebrate Diwali and Eid,” she said. "And we all enjoy Bonfire Night.” (continue reading...)