Christmas has been banned in Oxford, England.
The city council confirmed that events previously called "Christmas" would be renamed "Winter Light Festival." The city, according to a number of published reports, said they wanted to make the holiday more inclusive.
The decision has outraged not only Christians, but also Muslims.
Sabir Hussain Mirza, chairman of the Muslim Council of Oxford, told The Daily Telegraph: "I am really upset about this. Christians, Muslims and other religions all look forward to Christmas."
***** And there's a bit of Christmas drama on our side of the Big Pond.
For the past 15 years the town of Patchogue, NY has hosted a Christmas Boat Parade. The highlight was a $25,000 fireworks display -- donated by the Grucci fireworks company. But this year, the city decided to remove the word "Christmas" and replace it with "Holiday."
That got the folks at Grucci fired up. Phil Butler is a vice president of the company. He told reporters that no Christmas means no fireworks -- pulling the plug on their gift to the community.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commended Butler's decision. "If more people like Phil Butler stood up to the high priests of political correctness, the dumbing-down of Christmas would cease."
The mayor of Patchogue seemed to brush off the protest -- telling reporters that when he thinks about fireworks, he thinks about the Fourth of July, not Christmas.