Anna Gail = fail. Why?
1. There aren’t 1,000,000 Muslims in Australia. There are around 350,000. And a sizeable chunk of those Australian Muslims aren’t old enough to complete a census form.
2. In 2001, 0.4% of Australians (over 70,000) marked their religion as Jedi. The Government didn’t suddenly begin subsidising light sabres for us all.
3. In a secular society, people can choose whether or not they participate in traditional events like Easter and Christmas. Despite their apparent religious connection, they remain largely non-religious events; Easter Bunny + chocolate + Santa + presents = culturally traditional public holiday events based on commercialism. People of all religious and non-religious backgrounds celebrate Easter and Christmas every year, including Muslims, and to date there are no recorded instances of any shopping centres or schools cancelling Easter/Christmas celebrations or imposing bans on those who choose to celebrate them.
4. Muslims highly regard Jesus as one of the most highly recognised prophets in the Koran. It’s not unnatural for them to want to celebrate his birthday.
For more reading on the supposed eroding of Christmas and Easter through bans, read here:
Response to David Harrison