Mr. Howard’s comments on Christmas (related news articles) and its place in Australia are a refreshing breath of fresh air in a politically correct world. It is interesting to note that his opposition managed to find a way, convoluted as it was, to make politic hay.
I think Mr. Howard makes an outstanding point. Denying one’s own cultural heritage does not make that person more tolerant. Tolerance is permitting or accepting that other people believe differently. Hiding one’s Christian beliefs does not make them more tolerant. It appeases the intolerance of others thereby condoning intolerance within society.