The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed a return to commonsense by political leaders who are pushing back against politically correct attempts to secularise Christmas.

“The Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek, is to be commended for overruling a bureaucratic order to ban nativity scenes in Centrelink and Medicare offices,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said today.

“Aggressive secularists and atheists have gone too far in trying to expunge Christianity from Australian life and the idea that nativity scenes should be banned strikes at the very meaning of Christmas.

“We should not allow political correctness to deny our cultural and religious heritage. Whether people are believers or not, the story of the Christ child is one from which people in western civilisation have drawn strength and inspiration for millennia.”

Mr Wallace also commended new Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu for restoring nativity scenes and carol singing to Christmas celebrations in Victorian schools.

“It would be a shame if the message and lessons of the Christ child were lost from Christmas and it is great to see political leadership to strengthen their place in our society. We are better as a community for the influence of Christ in Christmas,” Mr Wallace said.