Don’t erase Christmas, make it more inclusive: Prof Pio


Source: NZ Herald

AUT Professor of Diversity Edwina Pio said expunging Christmas by New Zealand organisations “is a bridge too far”.

“I would strongly urge organisations to display their respect, not by erasing the word Christmas, but by being more inclusive so that they keep Happy Christmas, but then also remember to wish individuals for Diwali, Eid Mubarak, Buddha Purnima, Happy Hanukkah and other faith-based festivals,” she said.

“I think New Zealand often bends over backwards in their aim not to offend minorities in terms of terminology.

“Erasure does not mean equality. In fact, erasure does not show respect for the heterogeneity that is New Zealand.”


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