Much Ado about a Christmas Tree A Conflict Involving Danish Civil Religion

Civil religion is not only a symbolic expression of national coherence; it is often also an arena of conflict, where different actors promote their own ideological interpretation of the same events. This will be illustrated through an analysis of a conflict in Denmark in November 2012, where a Musli...

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Main Author: Warburg, Margit 1952-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Implicit religion
Year: 2017, Volume: 20, Issue: 2, Pages: 127-148
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Denmark / Civil religion / Christmas tree / Abolition of
Further subjects:B politics
B DEBATES & debating
B Christmas
B civil religion
B etic/emic
B CHRISTMAS
B DENMARK Politics & government
B EMIC & etic (Anthropology)
B DENMARK
B MUSLIMS
B CHRISTMAS trees
B Denmark
B CIVIL religion
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Summary:Civil religion is not only a symbolic expression of national coherence; it is often also an arena of conflict, where different actors promote their own ideological interpretation of the same events. This will be illustrated through an analysis of a conflict in Denmark in November 2012, where a Muslim majority of a housing association decided to abandon the tradition of having a Christmas tree. The events and the resulting public debate were reported in more than 650 articles and commentaries in the printed press alone, and the debate divided politicians and the public on issues of national traditions, integration, and religion. A Christmas tree is an important civil-religious symbol in Denmark, and this may explain why the affair became hotly debated. The different commentaries from the printed press are classified and analysed from the perspective that civil religion has two complementary dimensions, that of religion and that of nation. The classification is illustrated in a new graphical model of the civil-religious space between religion and nation.
ISSN:1743-1697
DOI:10.1558/imre.32878
Persistent identifiers:DOI "10.1558/imre.32878"