More dhimmi madness from the nascent Islamic Republic of Britain. "Christian charity bans Christmas themed children's gifts," by Sam Greenhill in the Daily Mail, with thanks to all who sent this in:
It is a Christian charity bringing Christmas cheer to needy children abroad.
So its decision to ban Jesus, God and anything else connected with its own faith has been greeted with little short of puzzlement.
Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan's Purse, sends festive packages to deprived youngsters in countries ravaged by war and famine.
Donors are asked to pack shoeboxes with a cuddly toy, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and flannel, notepads, colouring books and crayons - but nothing to do with Christmas.
Stories from the Bible, images of Jesus and any other Christian literature are expressely forbidden - in case Muslims are offended.
Yesterday the charity's policy of censoring its own faith was described as political correctness gone mad.
Last Christmas, Britons filled 1.13million shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse to send to children abroad.
But Barbara Hill, who works at the worldwide charity's UK headquarters in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, said: "Anything we find in the boxes which has a religious nature will be removed.
"If a box was opened by a Muslim child in a Muslim country they may be offended so we try to avoid religious images."
The charity has also banned war-related items such as Action Man-type figures, as well as chocolate and cake.
UPDATE: When I originally posted this, some of the British readers and former readers of this site, who have been angered by my coverage of dhimmitude in Britain, pointed out that this is an American charity, and that this decision was therefore unlikely to be one that originated in Britain. But in fact, it is.