The British Red Cross has been criticised for banning Christian symbols from its shops for fear of offending minority faiths.
The charity has told volunteers not to create Nativity scenes or put up advent calendars if they have pictures of Mary, Joseph or the three wise men.
Christmas cards sold by the charity will not have a religious message, but will instead say “Season’s Greetings”.
The British Red Cross earns about �30 million a year from its 392 shops. It says the policy is designed to underline its reputation for impartiality which allows it to work in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
But now it is facing demands from MPs to overturn the decision.
Tory backbencher Nigel Evans said the policy was political correctness gone mad.
The MP, who was in the shadow cabinet until Monday’s reshuffle, said: “This is simply beyond the pale. How can the Red Cross, sporting a Christian symbol as both its name and logo, possibly exclude Jesus, or other religious symbols, from the holiday celebrating his birth?