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Christmas Under Islam: Hardly a Season to be Jolly

It is neither a time of “peace” nor “goodwill.”

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Raymond Ibrahim

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January 17, 2012 - 12:00 am
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Earlier I discussed how mosques, some of which breed radicalization and serve as terrorist bases, flourish in America, while churches are increasingly targeted and destroyed in the Muslim world, especially the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity.

This pattern — religious appeasement of Muslim minorities in the West, religious hostility for Christian minorities under Islam — continues and manifests itself in other ways.

Consider Christmas. The same appeasement that allows a “victory mosque” to be erected near Ground Zero, where jihadists killed nearly 3,000 Americans, compromises one of Christianity’s most important events.

For instance, a “Montreal suburb has decided to remove a nativity scene and menorah from town hall rather than acquiesce to demands from a Muslim group to erect Islamic religious symbols.” Contrast this with Iran, where many churches were “ordered to cancel Christmas and New Year’s celebrations as a show of their compliance and support” for “the two month-long mourning activities of the Shia’ Moslems,” a reference to the bloody flagellations and self mutilations Shias perform in memory of Imam Hussein.

Likewise, the University of London held a Christmas service featuring readings from the Quran — Islam’s holy book that unequivocally condemns the Incarnation, which is precisely what Christmas celebrates. Meanwhile, Islam’s clerics in the West proclaimed things like “saying Merry Christmas is worse than fornication or killing someone,” since doing so is to “approve of the biggest crime ever committed by humanity”: the belief that God became man on Christmas.  As the cleric makes clear, these are not his words, but rather the words of Islam’s most authoritative clerics.

Nor are these just words.  Around the Muslim world, Christmas time for Christians is a time of threats, harassment, and fear.  One can point to any number of Muslim attacks on Christians to prove this — whether churches attacked, burned, or forced into closure; whether Muslim converts to Christianity beat, killed, or imprisoned; whether Christians abused on “blasphemy” charges; or whether just sheer violence and killings of “infidel” Christians. (See “Muslim Persecution of Christians” for a list of December’s abuses alone.)

More telling, however, are the attacks that specifically targeted or revolved around Christmas:

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