November 20, 2004

Damned Flick Switch On Lights

United Kingdom: A decision to invite punk rockers The Damned to switch on Cambridge city's Christmas lights has sparked controversy among church leaders.

Captain Sensible is due to join Father Christmas and city mayor Roger Dryden for the festive switch-on.

But the decision has led to fury among church leaders.
It is not appropriate for Christmas, said Reverend Stephen Leeke, of St Martin's Church in Cambridge.

They are a punk rock band with very doubtful lyrics.

He added that the council had not given much thought to the decision to invite the band — whose songs include Anti Pope.

They should admit they made a mistake, he said.

Reverend Dr Peter Graves, of Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge, said: We should not give a major function over to a group that goes out of its way to deny what Christmas is about.

Captain Sensible hit the nail on the head when he commented that: They could have booked Cliff Richard. How boring would that have been?

Church fury at Damned's switch-on - BBC, 17th November 2004 (via BoingBoing).

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