Saint Beckham and associates
Dear American friends,
WOW London has, from time to time, visited your fine country. Weve been impressed by many things on our sojourns, but one thing has stood out the religious tolerance of the American people during the festive season. OK, so weve only ever been to NY and LA, but the image of the Christmas tree and the menorah together in every municipal building in celebration of “Chrismukkah” made quite an impact.
So it with a certain sense of national shame that we write about religious insensitivity in the UK.
There is currently a big hoo-ha surrounding Madame Tussauds (Londons most successful tourist attraction) latest display a nativity scene with David Beckham and Posh Spice as Joseph and Mary. For many, of course, these two are saints in their own right, but to Christians the whole thing is kind of insulting. Maybe they have a point. One unidentified “young man” certainly thought so, as the London Evening Standard is reporting. He ran in, destroyed poor Becks, and ran off. A few observers are wondering why he didnt take out “wise men” George W and Tony while he was at it, but thats another story.
Meanwhile, WOW London was wandering the London Underground at the weekend, and noticed a Liberty (swanky London department store) advertisement letting us know that they are selling chocolate Buddha figures for Christmas. Forgive us, for we know even less about Buddhism than we do about Christianity, but isnt eating deities a little insensitive? Can you see them selling a chocolate Christ or a marzipan Moses? WOW London doubts it.
– Barry Shaverin