The British Red Cross has blamed the volatile international climate for its need to reinforce its neutrality by removing all Christian imagery from its Christmas cards.
"Our policy is that we are completely neutral and in no way affiliated to any particular religious faith that may impact on our ability to operate in a conflict situation," said Will Slater, spokesperson at the charity.
An article in the Daily Mail on 12 November, under the headline "Red Cross Bans Jesus From Its Christmas Shops", accused the charity of "absurd political correctness" in removing religious references from its Christmas shop decorations and range of merchandise.
The Red Cross dismissed the story as a "rehash" of a front-page story run by the same newspaper last December under the headline "Red Cross Bans Christmas".
"Neutrality was firmly established way before anyone had even heard of political correctness," said Slater.