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Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity
Front Page Magazine ^ | December 25, 2012 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 12/25/2012 6:41:48 AM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost

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.

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 and 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!

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christ; christianpersecution; christmasjihad; globaljihad; islam; jihadonjesus; muslimworld; robertspenser

1 posted on 12/25/2012 6:41:53 AM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost
Insulting islam by being created by Yahweh.

The liar hates us. He wants to murder the creators children. Not even submitting to his slavery will spare you his wrath.

2 posted on 12/25/2012 6:46:53 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost
And a very Merry Christmas to you! Great post - let's make 2013 the "Year of Awakening" with the realization of what islam holds for every person in the world of we don't expose it for the cancer it is. Here's a good place to start.....

1400 years – 270 MILLION innocents murdered by “the prophet" followers!!!

Why Should We Fear Islam? Dr. Bill Warner

3 posted on 12/25/2012 6:54:22 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: wesagain

A small way of fighting back is to refuse saying “Happy Holidays” during this season. Proudly and enthusiastically greet and depart all people with “Merry Christmas”.

4 posted on 12/25/2012 7:00:20 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

That isn’t a spear. It’s a torch...which is much more appropriate. It is where the light is coming from.

5 posted on 12/25/2012 7:04:16 AM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Soul of the South

6 posted on 12/25/2012 7:06:14 AM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost
Islam is infants with machine guns.
7 posted on 12/25/2012 7:13:10 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Banning the 2nd Amendment over Adam Lanza would be like banning the 1st Amendment over Bill Maher.")
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost
My message to followers of Islan - get over it!

A blessed Christmas to all.

8 posted on 12/25/2012 7:55:14 AM PST by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: rawcatslyentist

Are not muslims even insulted by non Muslim females exposing their hair? Also, think about all the infidels eating pork & contaminating their perceived perfect world. Oh, one more insult... glass of wine with my baby BBQ pork ribs!

9 posted on 12/25/2012 10:19:29 AM PST by existentially_kuffer
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To: existentially_kuffer

Beer goes better with ribs.

10 posted on 12/25/2012 10:21:00 AM PST by Publius ("A centralized government is a centralized evil." -- Gen. John Graham)
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To: Publius

Wine is the strong drink mentioned in the koran. I’ve upped my insults by 3 glasses.

11 posted on 12/25/2012 12:24:00 PM PST by existentially_kuffer
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

See tagline...

12 posted on 12/26/2012 9:02:43 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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