Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason.

How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these:

1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face.

2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet, as this does:

Instead, it depicts Jesus in the traditional Christian manner, as the incarnate Son of God: his halo reads ο ων, the One Who Is, a title of divinity derived from the name of God that God gives to Moses in Exodus 3:14), in violation of the oft-repeated Qur’anic injunction that Allah has no Son (4:171; 9:30; 25:2; 39:4; 72:3; etc. etc.).

3. In line with #2, it depicts what Muslims would consider to be idolatry, as the holy child’s mother kneels and adores him.

4. In the beam or spear coming from heaven down to the child in the cradle, it depicts the activity of the Divine in the world, assuming the doctrine of the Trinity, which is rejected somewhat imprecisely in Qur’an 4:171 and 5:116.

5. The cradle resembles a casket, foreshadowing the core and heart of Christianity, the redemptive death of Christ, which is denied in Qur’an 4:157.

Now, whether you are a Christian or not, and whether or not you believe all or any of these things, the question that is before us with this Christmas, as every Christmas these days, is whether or not people should be allowed to believe these things freely, without being brutalized or discriminated against, if they live in Iraq, or Egypt, or Pakistan, or Nigeria, or Indonesia — and whether free people of all creeds and perspectives should defend their right to do so.

In those 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 believe some of the things I have adumbrated above, beliefs that are considered blasphemous in authoritative Islam. And it is hardly better elsewhere in the Islamic world: nowhere in majority-Muslim countries today do people who believe these things enjoy full equality of rights with Muslims.

We read about this at JihadWatch.org and Frontpagemag.com every day. We see jihadists attacking Christians with increasing fury. We also see the world largely yawning and indifferent as all this goes on. Christianity is a large and multifaceted thing, with so many different and various manifestations, but in the mind of the opinion makers of the West it is Western, white, suburban, wealthy, comfortable, oppressive, and oppressing. Christians are, in the little dramas that play out in mainstream media stories every day, a bit cracked, a bit sinister, a bit dangerous, a bit grasping, and sometimes fanatically jingoistic and xenophobic. They are never victims. Muslims, by contrast, are in the daily mainstream media playlets always cast as non-Western, nonwhite, poor, and oppressed, but wise and serene in their victimization.

And so when it comes to the specter of non-Western, nonwhite Christians being persecuted by Muslims, the mainstream media’s circuitry explodes. They can’t handle it. They have no paradigm for doing so. It violates every rule in their playbook. So they either ignore it or mask the identity and/or motives of the perpetrators, and try to cast the focus elsewhere.

And so remember this Christmas: if you are a free human being, whether or not you are Christian, those Christians who are being persecuted in Iraq, and the Philippines, and Nigeria, and Egypt, and Pakistan, and elsewhere in the Islamic world, are standing in your place. The jihadis would just as soon attack you as well, and will eventually if they get the chance. Remember that the Islamic supremacist program has you on its list. You may not be a Christian. You may not be a Jew. You may not be a Hindu. You may not be a Buddhist. You may not wish to pay attention to the jihad at all. But the jihad is universal, and relentless. And you are on its list.

So this Christmas, may all of us whose conversion, subjugation, or death is envisioned by the adherents of Sharia stand together. Let us stand together as Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, secularists, what have you, and stand up against those who would kill us or subject us to institutionalized discrimination because they find our beliefs offensive.

For be assured: if we do not stand together, they will prevail. And if they prevail, then all the richest manifestations of the unfettered human spirit, from Theophanes the Cretan above to the fashioners of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, from the Hagia Sophia to the temple of mausoleums of Timbuktu, from the works of Socrates and Aristotle to those of Moses Maimonides and Dante Alighieri and Winston Churchill and Oriana Fallaci, will be trampled into the mud, destroyed, exploded, ruined, effaced. We will all be the poorer. Our children will be the poorer.

It is time to fight for our life.

Merry Christmas to all Christian Jihad Watchers and Frontpage readers!

  • carrie

    Merry Christmas everyone

    • MaryS, CA

      May we pray for our brother's and sister's in Christ all around the world for their safety, for them to be salt and light to a dark world, and those that are being persecuted that they would stand firm in their faith, and that they would be comforted and have the peace that only God can give even in the pain and darkness of persecution, may God have mercy on them, in Christ… Amen. mary711

  • NAHALKIDES

    Amen. The media simply never runs stories of Christian persecution – it's time for some new media. Make a New Year's resolution to avoid helping the mainstream media – don't watch it, don't advertise on it – and thus hasten its overdue demise.

    • Mary Sue

      Sometimes they do, but when they do, they try to equivocate (make it sound like they're not sure who instigated it or something).

    • SwampFox

      One contemplates why would atheist in the Marxist camp join hands with Islam and their strict version of the Word of God. As I see it both hate Christians and Jews and adhere to a totalitarian governance. However the true Islamist will turn on the infidels of Marx and destroy them at the right opportunity for they are incompatiable.

    • R.C.

      The Marxist media does not care about innocent Christians being persecuted by Muslims–because they hate Christians!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    EVERY time that any mention of Islam reflects on its barbaric underpinnings an omerta is issued – by Islamists and the leftist media. And this is precisely why western civilization is in dire peril.

    And if the media was doing its due diligence they would allow for viewers to understand the nexus between Islam and blood. It is this nexus which would explain to westerners why the world is awash with their blood letting and why Christians are being massacred wherever Shariah Law takes root!

    And my Christmas present to readers is, once again, Islam and Blood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a

    Merry Christmas from Israel, the only place in the Mid East where Christians are free to worship, but are now endangered in Bethlehem due to its takeover by Islamists!!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • CaoimhinO

      Prayers for your health Adina. Look forward daily to your insights and words of truth. Thank you, you are a Christmas gift, you know!

  • Anamah

    Merry Christmas Robert! Merry Christmas to everyone here…stand strong against the garbage, all the hate our enemies feel because that is their own venom. I love you all my friends in America, Israel, and around the world!!!

  • jakespoon

    God bless us everyone. Christ will prevail.

  • dad

    Our very existence insults islam. They will be coming for us when they gety strong enough.

    • johnnywoods

      Keep your guns cleaned and your powder dry as you never know when you will have to send one of these idiots to "paradise".

  • john spielman

    Merry Christmas, for Jesus IS the SON of GOD, GOD incarnate, the light of the world, savior, redeemer, KING of kings and LORD of lords.
    and Islam is an antiChrist religion and Mohammed was its demon possessed malevolent pseudo prophet.

  • David R

    MARANATHA! (The Lord is coming!)
    (1 Corinthians chap 16 verse 22)

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    The Patriarch of the Catholic Church in Israel celebrates Christmas as the birth of the Palestinian state as well as Jesus. I guess he feels the two events are of equal importance. I wonder why and I wonder what he thinks about other Christians in the Middle East or is his heart so consumed with hate for Israel and the Jews. Sounds kind of strange being as Jesus was Jewish.

    I wish all Christians who come here to share their views a very Merry Christmas. I'm Jewish but I love Christmas even though I don't celebrate it. I love the decorations, the music, the food, and the feeling of joy. I love the fact that I live in a country where Christmas and Hanukah are celebrated with singing and happiness and generosity.

    • rhondajo3

      Thank you for this post! A funny thing happens to me about 2 weeks before Christmas, and I don't really know how to explain it. The only way I know how is to refer to it as the "Christmas Spirit". I feel love, and I want to give and see others be happy and smiling. I want to be with my family and feel the love that we have for each other, even if I just saw them last week! I want to set up my little ceramic Christmas tree with the light brites, and I love seeing others' light up their homes. I start thinking about who would like what during the summertime. And then, when Christmas is over, and I begin to try to get back to my daily routine, it lifts off of me. So sad! I truly believe that it is the Spirit of Christ!

  • scgator2001

    Not a person here believes the first Muslim President is doing everything he can to destroy America.

    As a Muslim, Obama believes you are inferior and that Islam is Superior. So far, Obama and his terrorist supporters have been right. Wake up, or prepare for enslavement.

    • sheepdog

      Most of my acquaintances believe Obama is indeed a Muslim, intent on destroying America as the world leader.
      I agree that Obama believes Americans to be inferior and I agree that unless a majority gets their head out of the sand we will suffer the consequences of Islam and Sharia Law. However, there will be splinter groups fighting Islamization much as the IRA fought against the Crown of England.

      • Drakken

        The free the West from islam movement is growing and will make the IRA look like Sunday school children by comparrison. Think more along the lines of the Serbs and Croats on steroids with Germanic precision.

      • SwampFox

        Regardless of what you think Obama was elected by a majority of the people . The Republican party certainly approved of Obama's nomination and election. With all their insider connection in the CIA, FBI and who knows who else, the Republican Party Elites would have exposed him . As I see it if there is anything sinister about Obama the Republicans would /should know it otherwise they are up to their ears in the agenda.

  • Sonokee

    Merry Christmas and amen to those who defend it. If those who believe intirely in Islam has a problem with it perhaps they should stay in their own country with thier islam.,

    Jesus was VERY Jewish, he came with a message we should all listen to .He was as a teacher sent by his father, he is not the father as he teaches. We should all listen to our interself and common sence not dictation or dogma.

    I personally am American Indian ",Cherokee" and believe in The Great Spirit, because he gave me the intelligence to know he's there ( :

    Blessings of This Season Of Mircles to all however you chose to except those miracles !!!

    • Emmess

      A very wise statement. Kabalists use the word "tsimtsum" meaning the inknowable nature of God. Who created God? Did he always exist? Did the universe always exist (without God)? When you finally strip away the intellectual facades, the answer is: It doesn't matter. What matters is that existence exists; we exist and tsimtsum. It matters that we fulfull our obligation to the world to be righteous; a light unto the nations and leave the world better for our having been here.

      • johnnywoods

        Isa. 57:15, GOD speaking, says, "I Who inhabits eternity…….". It does matter.

  • Emmess

    Point #1: Thanks for teaching me a new word: adumbrated. I thought “stultify” was esoteric until now.
    A very important point is made in this posting: We are all on the same list.
    First they came for the Jews … it’s the same list.
    ,\\

  • Ray

    I find it amazing that so many muslims hate our traditions; yet, they will bust a "gut" to live here. If this Great Nation is so bad, then just why don't they stay in their own squalor and continue to sleep with one eye open in their own sand box instead of here attempting to tell how they want us to live. If they want to be so vocal, then let them go home and voice their opinions in their own country. This bending over backwards and all of the Political Correctness is too one sided and it does not support the very people of this Country. This Country needs to start treating non-citizens the same way they treat us in their country.

    • guest

      I have been wrong many times before, so take it with a grain of salt. My believe is that petrodollars from Wahabi controlled kingdoms, emirates and whatnot keep our State Department by its collective jewels. The gates are wide open for members of the cult to come in and settle in this country. We are just few years behind the fate of Eurabia and nothing and no one is going to stem the flow. Have you noticed recently media reported that immigrants from Asia surpassed these from south of the border? In islamized England and elsewhere, misnomer "Asians" hides migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afganistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Indonesia. In my opinion we are witnessing in real time admittance of the Trojan Horse and this mortal fault is perpetuated by the unholy alliance between progressive left and the most intolerant faith on the surface of Earth.

    • dad

      Bust a gut to come and replace the constitution with sharia you mean. They do not co exist. They come with hate and the politically corrects back them.This is their jihad for 72 virgin sheep.

  • TexRanger

    “F” the Muslims and Moooham ad!!!! They are followers of a filthy cult that has one goal and that is enslaving all free people or, in the alternative, killing them. No place in America for these anti-America murderers.

  • TexRanger

    Ray, the reason they "bust a gut to live here" is their filthy cult, their Quran and their instructions are to enter into free countries, and then, once they have the numbers to vote themselves into control of the country they are to take it over, or, if voting is not an option, they are to wait until they have the numbers to forcibly subdue the free people with whom they have been living and convert them to Islam or just cut off their head.

    That is the reason why ALL Muslims should be packed up and shipped to the mid-east where they will be most comfortable cutting off heads, having homo sex, and raping women. There is not a single redeeming quality in Islam. Do take time to read the Quran so you may learn first hand about this filthy cult.

  • Drakken

    The days of the West being a melting pot are coming to an end, it is now a boiling pot. When it boils over and it will, our rage and wrath will be felt world wide. Our politicians,media, and so called cowardly religious leaders will be surprised and horrified by the events that will eventually consume them.

  • ratonis

    The simple declaration "Jesus Christ is Lord" is offensive to Muslims, and therefore a form of "hate speech" according to the politically correct culture. Should such laws protecting Islam from "insult" become active in the west (we are trending that way) it will be impossible to preach the gospel without risking arrest as a "hater."

    • Fritz

      Laws protecting Islam from insult will not stand constitutional challenge, at least not in the U.S. The censorship provision of the Canadian Human Rights act has also been repealed after having been abused by Islamic activists and a profiteering civil servant who made a tidy living filing complaints against assorted websites in his spare time. Many countries have disused blasphemy laws buy many are considering repealing them since they are often poorly defined and in light of potential abuse by Muslim agitators, Ireland being one of them.

    • johnnywoods

      To which I respond, JESUS is LORD to the glory of GOD the FATHER.

  • JacksonPearson

    MERRY CHRISTMAS ROBERT, AND TO ALL HERE
    "I am the light of the world:" http://i48.tinypic.com/jjy0y0.jpg

  • RiverRat

    I just met two young men from a Muslim country that have opened 2 convience stores in my county. In conversing with one of the owners hestated America was the most wonderful country in the world. They were so happy here.. All Muslims are not blood thirsty and are no different than the rest of us.

    • kafir4life

      Did you manage to find out if they thought the koran was the unchanging word of allah, and for all men at all times, and how they reconsile the koran with life in America? Did you also get to hear what they said to each other after you left?

      • aspacia

        Not necessarily. After Ambassador Stevens was murdered, 30,000 Libyan rose and drove the jihadis out. Then there is Jasser.

      • aspacia

        Not necessarily. After Ambassador Stevens was murdered, 30,000 Libyan rose and drove the jihadis out. Then there is Jasser.

    • aspacia

      Most Muslims do not know exactly what their book claims, nor what they are reciting in Arabic. This is very similar to Christians chanting Latin until Martin Luther wrote the Bible in German.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Is it not clear by now that Muslims should not be permitted within White, Western nations? Not only do they refuse to assimilate, but they find everything we do offensive. Honestly, these people cannot ever be satisfied – unless, I suppose, we are murdered and their Islamic flag is raised above the White House?

    Here are a few practical ways we can show our contempt of this murderous religion and its pedophile prophet (may piss be upon him): (1) Don’t greet Muslims or even smile at them. When they inquire, tell them exactly what you think of their evil desert religion. (2) Warn your children of the horrors of Islam. (3) Make it normal among your friends and relatives to mock Islam and even Muslims themselves. Ridicule and contempt of Islam and its fanatical followers should be customary among those in your circle. (4) Don’t do business with Muslim companies or places where Muslims frequent. (5) Intellectually arm yourself with knowledge of Islam, its history and it many errors.

    • Clare

      This is an opportunity for me to add my two cents. Another practical way that I as a patriot can weaken the presence of this ideology among us is to simply replace all Arabic with English. I'm suggesting that the meaning of this ideology would be driven home more clearly to our freedom loving citizens if we reference its nouns in English.

      In the US, we don't use the Hindi or Seikh word for "temple", we say "temple". Nor do we use the Tibetan word for a Buddhist monastery, we say monastery. And so forth. So why does it follow to adopt Arabic? I never understood it. (Maybe Obama, Inc. started it, a good reason to get rid of it.)

      Arabic "mosque" means temple. Arabic "Muslim" means a follower of Mohammed, or true believer, or to resign oneself. "Islam" is Arabic for submission to the will of god, or to be resigned. "Allah" literally means the god and "Koran" literally means book. "Mohammed" literally means praised. "Shiria" is legislation, "Kaaba" is the cube.

      Therefore, here are some variations for sentences in English with the goal of eliminating Arabic:

      The submissionists purport that their god chose a man, whom they believe is a prophet, whose name is "praised", to write their book.

      Submissionists praise their prophets' name. So there it is; the resigned ones praise "praised".

      The one's in submission to the god's will pray to the god in a temple. The resigned ones' temples are built with a high slender tower (not minaret) with a balcony where the crier (not muezzin) calls them to prayer. It's a temple, it's a tower and it's balcony with a crier. (Catholics must remember that mosque is not from the Latin – mosqu-i-to – from musca, a fly.)

      I suggest using all lower case when referring to this ideology. I use all lower case because I am not a follower of praised and I do not respect submission to the god's will, nor the god's legislation, nor the cube in Mecca. (Yes, I capitalize cities.)

      So here is Roberts' second sentence:
      Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam.
      Now in English:
      Many followers of praised, or resigned ones, around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to submission to the god's will.
      Now nouns in caps:
      Many Followers of Praised, or Resigned Ones, around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Submission to the God's Will.

      I think lower case wins for its weakening effect.

  • KKKK

    Merry Christmas to Spencer and all! i thank you for truth-telling this past year and every year about Islam! may we stand together!

  • Jeff

    What can anyone say? Robert Spencer is a unique — a very special man! Thank you for your amazing research and amazing writing skills. May you be blessed all the days of your life.

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got the feeling that most Muslims aren't all that big on Christmas.

  • Bob

    The title of this piece is wrong. It should be 'Professing Islam is Insulting Christianity.'

  • Jay

    Please i'm a nigerian and those jihadists only operate in the northern part of the country cos they have more muslims there.. so don't generalize.. I am living peacefully,muslims convert here without hassle even in the north. I celebrate all christian events freely with public shows and nobody is disturbing.. so get ur facts b4 concluding.. So pray for the northern part… and people here are saying we should boycot muslims, it's wrong..h Show them the love of Christ, by that way we'll draw them to christ. Jesus said HE HAS NOT COME FOR THE RIGHTEOUS BUT THE LOST SHEEP.. show them love.. shalom..

  • wla lanf

    I DON'T LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING…. THIS WEBSITE WANTS TO REVIVE MEDIEVAL HATRED AGAINST MUSLIMS. WE ARE IN THE 21st CENTURY AND I THINK WE NEED TO GROW UP AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. IN MY COUNTRY, BOTH CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORK TOGETHER AND NOT BICKER LIKE SISSIES LIKE WHAT YOU GUYS ARE TRYING TO PROPAGATE. YOU SHOULD LEARN FROM US. THIS WEBSITE IS CLEARLY SUBJECTIVE AND IGNORANT, BY THE WAY…

    • aspacia

      Read what ME Muslims claim about nonMuslims on MEMRI, Palestininian Media Watch, etc. It is you who are ignorant of the violence they instill in Muslims to massacre and discriminate against nonMuslims and women.

    • Drakken

      Your days in the West are numbered, you have pushed us far enough, the pushback is coming.

  • LittleDon

    These so called Muslims are the Devil's children they are of Evil, they are Sick Son's Of Bit'chs! and GOD!, Yes I said GOD, The loving Peaceful GOD will take every Muslim and put them back were they belong and that is HELL! Yes I said HELL! I suggest to you Muslims CONVERT BACK TO CHRISTIAN Beliefs before it is to late! I understand "HELL" IS purity HOT!, HOT! OH! Your Father Satin, when you get there will Cut your Tongue Out Shove it up your Ass's and you will for ever be talking Shi't! Like you due now! OH! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Enjoy!
    God Bless America!

  • Buddy Rojek

    As a Deist, this is probably the most pivotal essay I have read in the 21st Century.

    Spread the link.

    • aspacia

      From a fellow Deist, you don't read much do you. There are an abundance of essays written regarding the dangers of fundamentalist Muslims and Sharia Law.

  • http://www.sargee5.blogspot.com The Watchman

    What a wonderful thought, to be able to insult Islam every day. I think I will make that a goal of mine. I wonder where I can get a bumper sticker that says Allah is not God, or maybe Muhammad was a pedophile.

  • tagalog

    What was the state of your faith afterward?

  • jtrolla

    Name something that Islam DOESN'T find offensive.

  • Cryptic guise

    Thank you for your continuing and tireless work showing the evil of Islamofascism and the Muslim "Nazis" and their supporters in our midst.

  • Willy Rho

    For People that say there is no evidence of Jesus existence other than the New Testament, they might try reading Josephus ben Matthias who was born into a family of Priests and became a Priest himself. He spent time with the Essence sect, but became a priest himself at age 19. He was in the rebellion and was carried to Rome and put i prison, but was released because of his predictions about Vespasian's rise to power. He adopted the Name Flavius and marched on Jerusalem in AD 70 with Vespasian. After that he was considered a traitor to the Jews. He was a contemporary of Jesus. He wrote about Jesus in the first Century with Jesus birth date as the Beginning of the Current Era.

    Josephus' "Antiquities of the Jews" was written during the first century AD/BCE. If you wish to know what a contempory of Jesus said about Jesus, you should research it and not just believe the Haters of Jesus and what they wrote.

    In chapter 18.3.3 of Josephus' work, it says: Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works — a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ, and Pilate, at the suggestion of the principle men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these things and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct from this day.

    The works of Flavius Josephus / translated by William Whiston 1998.

    Library of Congress ISBN: ISBN 07852-5049-2

  • drew

    If you MOO too loud, the HAM gets MAD…

  • Rob

    Thank you Robert!
    'Infidels let's all unite. Expose the darkness and live for the light'. This is from my song that i have linked below:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe0BNKoGON4

    • Clare

      Very cool. Thanks.

      • Rob

        I'm happy you like it. It's been my pleasure to create this song in the hopes of waking people up to what islam really is and how it is and will affect us all.

  • H.j.Dcruz

    I wonder if the name is changed to Happy Nativity . What will be the Muslims reactions.The west is inciting more hatred by preferring one over the other for appeasing Muslims.