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The White House condemned “this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day” in Nigeria. Except that it’s far from senseless. In the collective mind of Islamic fundamentalists like Boko Haram, it makes perfect sense. This wasn’t a random, spontaneous act of indeterminate motivation; it was part of the religious cleansing, the murderous targeting of the hated Christian communities, that has been on the rise since the mainstream media darlings of the Arab Spring protests began asserting their supremacist goals. Christmastime is a perfect opportunity not only to kill large numbers of Christians at once, but to strike fear into the minority Christian community at large, preventing them from congregating, driving them away or possibly even compelling their conversion to Islam.
In [Islamic] countries, Christians today are being kidnapped, imprisoned, wrongly arrested, beaten, and murdered – not because of anything they have done, but because they have dared to [hold]… beliefs that are considered blasphemous in authoritative Islam… Nowhere in majority-Muslim countries today do people who believe these things enjoy full equality of rights with Muslims.
What is so blasphemous about merely celebrating peace on earth, good will toward men? Well, as at least one Islamic scholar explains it in this video, for Muslims, wishing someone a cheerful and seemingly innocuous “Merry Christmas” is worse than fornication or killing someone, because it signifies that you agree with the Christian concept that Jesus Christ is the son of God. According to Islam, this is polytheism of the most offensive sort. It is “the most evil of shirk [idolatry] and kufr [disbelief],” as the scholar in the video puts it.
The most evil of disbelief. So evil that celebrating Christmas is completely beyond the pale and must be stamped out, most effectively through the annihilation of the celebrants. Keep that in mind the next time an Islamic apologist or interfaith huckster tries to sell you on the compatibility of Islam and Christianity. Keep that in mind when they assure you that Jesus is one of Islam’s most revered prophets. And keep in mind that the war on Christmas is more than just the shouting match between “Merry Christmas” and the politically correct “Happy Holidays.” It is, as Daniel Greenfield puts it, “the revival of an ancient religious war written in blood in the pages of the Koran.” And we lose that war at the cost of our civilization’s very soul.
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