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Religious minorities in Britain came out in defense of Christmas

December 12 2007
08:00

Leaders of the largest non-Christian religious communities in Britain have made an appeal to the British, urging them to celebrate Christmas without fear of offending people who do not share their beliefs.

The appeal was made under the auspices of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. Its chairman, Trevor Phillips said that it was time to end the nonsense when schools are canceled Christmas play, but some municipalities have decided to celebrate the Christian holiday instead of just "winter holiday".

Over 70% of Britons, which is about 41 million people consider themselves Christians. The largest religious group after they are Muslims, who number 1.6 million. In addition, according to Census 2001, Great Britain live about half a million Hindus and 330,000 Sikhs, passes regions.ru.

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