A British Labor party-affiliated think tank has had one of its recent reports leaked to the media. I doubt they are very happy about it. Because I rather suspect the average Brit on the street isn't going to be too happy with the think tank's suggestions to "improve" Britain.
Christmas should be downgraded in favour of festivals from other religions to improve race relations, says an explosive report.
Labour's favourite think-tank says that because it would be hard to 'expunge' Christmas from the national calendar, 'even-handedness' means public organisations must start giving other religions equal footing.
The leaked findings of its investigation into identity, citizenship and community cohesion also propose:
• 'Birth ceremonies', at which state and parents agree to 'work in partnership' to bring up children
• Action to 'ensure access' for ethnic minorities to 'largely white' countryside
• An overhaul of Britain's 'imperial' honours system
• Bishops being thrown out of the House of Lords
• An end to 'sectarian' religious education
• Flying flags other than the Union Jack.
The report by the Institute for Public Policy Research was commissioned when Nick Pearce, now head of public policy at Downing Street, was its director.
IPPR has shaped many Labour policies, including ID cards, bin taxes and road pricing.
The report robustly defends multiculturalism – the idea that different communities should not be forced to integrate but should be allowed to maintain their own culture and identities.
This is my favorite bit:
The system in which parents are required to register a new baby at a register office is dismissed as 'purely bureaucratic'.
The occasion should be transformed into a 'public rite', using citizenship ceremonies for immigrants as a model, the report says.
'Parents, their friends and family and the state [would] agree to work in partnership to support and bring up their child.'
The junior who was to become the vassal of his senior (seigneur) appeared bareheaded and weaponless as a sign of his submission to the will of the lord and knelt before him. The vassal would clasp his hands before him in the ultimate sign of submission, the standard Christian attitude of prayer, and would stretch his clasped hands outward to the lord.
The lord in turn grasped the vassal's hands between his own, showing he was the superior in the relationship. The vassal would announce he wished to become "the man", and the lord would announce his acceptance. The act of homage was complete.
Presumably it will only be a matter of time until the jus primae noctis is reinstated as well. As a reward for the ruling class, of course. It is quite obvious where this is all heading, isn't it?