“And a Merry Christmas to you, too!”
That, of course, is the traditional Christmas greeting and response.
But somewhere along the line, “Merry Christmas” became…shall we say…politically incorrect. It was deemed offensive to the atheist extremists who want to remove religion from public life; and to Jews, who generally take a dim view of Jesus. (The Talmud has Jesus being boiled eternally in excrement.)
Since atheists and Jews, though tiny minorities, are so wildly over-represented in positions of power, privilege, and influence, America’s Christian majority has been intimidated into feeling ashamed of their own prophet (excuse me, “Lord and Savior”). So they apologetically mutter “happy holidays.” How freaking pathetic.
Many Christians, brainwashed by the Jews and atheists, imagine that other religious folk, such as Muslims, would likewise be offended by the “Merry Christmas” greeting. My ex-sister-in-law, a pious Lutheran, once invited us over to Christmas dinner by saying “I know you Muslims hate Jesus, but…”
Obviously she was confusing Muslims with Jews.
As an American Muslim, I find this misunderstanding really annoying…almost as annoying as the parallel misunderstanding about whether it was Muslims or atheist Jews who blew up the World Trade Center. But I digress…
Muslims, like Christians, love and revere the Holy Prophet Jesus, peace and blessings upon him. Educated Muslims and Christians share an almost identical view of the Holy Prophet Jesus, “ruh al-quds” (the Holy Spirit) conceived miraculously by the Virgin Mary and sent to earth with a beautiful divine message. (The best source on this is Congressman Mark Siljander, who was crucified by the 9/11 perps for getting in the way of their efforts to stir up a holy war between Christians and Muslims.)
My own non-Muslim family members are stubbornly clueless about all of this. They imagine that we Muslims would be offended by a Jesus-centered Christmas. They think we Muslims should embrace a totally non-denominational, religion-free Christmas dedicated purely to feasting, materialism, and greed.
They are, of course, completely out of their minds.
Here is my Muslim take on Christmas:
If the Christians are crazy enough to commemorate the birth of their holy prophet by ascribing a fictitious birthday and pegging it to the date of an ancient pagan festival celebrating the return of the sun after the winter solstice, that’s okay with me.
But for God’s sake, don’t desecrate the celebration by making it about anything other than Jesus!!!
And for the love of Jesus Christ, do NOT spend that day, and the season around it, celebrating the values of the anti-Christ: greed, materialism, phoniness, gluttony, superficiality, egocentricity, mendacity, tribalism, nationalism, alcoholism, commercialism…you know the drill.
When someone says “happy holidays” I have to assume they’re unconsciously celebrating these values, the values of the anti-Christ, that dominate today’s version of Christmas.
And even when they say “Merry Christmas” I can’t help but wonder.
So just to clarify things, I have devised a stock response to people who say “Merry Christmas” or “happy holidays.”
Here is my response:
“And blessings of the Holy Prophet Jesus to you, too!”