As well as leading to Christmas being called "Winterval," the archbishop said "virulent, almost irrational" attacks on Christianity led to hospitals removing all Christian symbols from their chapels, and schools refusing to allow children to send Christmas cards with a Christian message.
This is Archbishop 'Doctor' Barry Morgan - or to give him his correct title, Barry Morgan.
But as anyone with a fucking brain actually knows, no-one has ever called Christmas 'Winterval'. Birmingham once called the period from December to February Winterval as a marketing ploy. It never called Christmas Winterval. No-one ever did. Obviously this fucking 'doctor' is too stupid to realise, too wilfully ignorant or just deliberately shit-stirring.
And why can't the fucking BBC journalist actually do some research? What, because an Archbishop is talking complete shit, we just have to let him? It's not opinion - HE'S GOT THE FACTS WRONG. You're allowed to correct that as a journalist, you know, to actually do that. To point out when people aren't telling the truth. That wouldn't be wrong. For fuck's sake, why not? Why must we always respect the views of idiots? Why can't we actually say, well the archbishop says that, but in fact he's wrong. If he said that black people committed more crime than white people, would we just leave it at that, because it's his opinion, even if it's not true? If he said that Christians are more law-abiding than Jews, would we let that slip through the net? No? So why let him talk shit about other subjects? What gives him the right to be able to talk complete bullshit about something, unquestioned, unchallenged, in an article that is supposedly journalistic in nature? Why not actually fucking do your cunting job, you illiterate fucking BBC drone. Check the facts. Question things. Actually do some fucking journalism, rather than just parroting what one person says and then parroting what another person says. Why not actually stand up and be a fucking journalist?
And which hospitals? Where? Which schools with Christmas cards? Where? When? Did it really happen? Do we have evidence for this? (One thing's for sure, if it is complete shit, we won't know, because this BBC bastard is happy to let an archbishop talk total balls about something without bothering to check if it actually has any basis in fact or not.) If it did, what about the thousands of other schools that don't do that? What about that, doctor? What about the vast majority of atheists who are completely happy with other people having religious beliefs and expressing their faith? No, that doesn't matter, does it. Atheists are bad, mkay.
"We get this every year," a press officer sighs, eventually. "It just depends how many rogue journalists you get in any given year. We tell them it's bollocks, but it doesn't seem to make much difference."
No, it doesn't make any difference when you've got people with an agenda doing simple Google searches for a bit of evidence to back them up, regardless of whether it's true or not. Not when you've got barking mad twats like the good doctor deciding they know best, proclaiming religious bullshit without bothering to check any facts. But why should that surprise us? Here's someone who believes in virgin birth, resurrection, bringing people back from the dead, turning water into wine, feeding the 5,000 and all that weird acid-trip shit at the back-end of the Bible in Revelation - he's obviously someone who'll pretty much believe anything. He doesn't bother questioning - if it goes along with his world-view, then fine. If not, must be wrong.
Dr Morgan said: "All of this is what I would call the new "fundamentalism" of our age. It allows no room for disagreement, for doubt, for debate, for discussion.
"It leads to the language of expulsion and exclusivity, of extremism and polarisation, and the claim that because God is on our side, he is not on yours."
He said the nativity story in St Luke's Gospel, in contrast, had a "message of joy and good news for everyone".
Yes but that's kind of the problem. If you can isolate Luke from the rest of the Bible - the evil bits about sacrificing children, flooding the world in a fit of pique, turning people into pillars of salt, saying 'You shall have no other gods but me' and 'I am a jealous god' and so on and so on - then yes, it all seems hunky dory. But you can't. It kind of comes as a package.