Christmas stamp called ‘offensive’
Nov. 1, 2005: A holy war of sorts broke out in Britain over a Christmas stamp that some said was offensive to members of the Hindu faith, purportedly showing Hindus worshiping Jesus Christ.
The stamp featured a man and woman with Hindu markings adoring the baby Jesus, and was one of six mother-and-child stamps making their debut.
“Would the worldwide Christian community feel comfortable if the government of India issued a Diwali stamp with a Christian priest offering worship to baby Krishna?” asked Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain.
The stamp designer, Anglican priest Irene Von Treskow, chose the picture for Royal Mail, saying it was so interesting to see a Mughal painting with a Christian subject, adding the image is not offensive.
“How can it be?” she asked. “It is 17th century art.”
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