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Christmas Time: When the West Appeases and Islam Slaughters

Christmas is under attack in the West, not because of Muslims, but because of homegrown Western elements who despise the Christian holiday and everything it represents.

A literal “War on Christmas”

One of the most odious aspects of the so-called War on Christmas is Western appeasement of Muslim sensibilities.

Consider recent events in Sweden, where St. Lucia’s Day has been celebrated for centuries. According to Britannica:

St. Lucia’s Day [is a] festival of lights celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland on December 13 in honour of St. Lucia (St. Lucy). …The festival begins with a procession led by the St. Lucia designee, who is followed by young girls dressed in white and wearing lighted wreaths on their heads and boys dressed in white pajama-like costume singing traditional songs. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Scandinavia, and it is meant to bring hope and light during the darkest time of the year.

Not anymore. At least one school in Sweden has compromised the celebration in order to appease its Muslim students.  According to a Dec. 10, 2022 Swedish report (English translation here),

Do you expect Santas, caroler and gingerbread men in the Lucia parade? Not at St Mary’s School (Mariehemsskolan) in Umeå. There it has been decided that the 40 or so children aged 7 to 10 who will take part in the Lucia procession will do so without the traditional elements of a Lucia celebration. The reason for this is Muslim children who dropped out of last year’s celebration because their parents were uncomfortable with the connection between the celebration and Christmas….  The children will also not sing the traditional Lucia songs. The choir director says that many children have been excluded over the years because Swedish schools focused so much on the Lucia festival, and it was “so incredibly traditionally Christian.”

Note how the choir director makes it seem that Muslim children were “excluded,” when in fact they, or rather their parents, were the ones who chose exclusion.

Now rid of any distinctly Christmas/Christian trappings, St. Mary’s school posted a picture of one of its recent and highly “watered-down” Lucia rehearsals—boasting a very young Muslim girl dressed in full black hijab.

Such is Islam’s ongoing “contribution” to Sweden.  Since that Scandinavian nation opened its door to multiculturalism and migration—the overwhelming majority of which has been Muslim—violent crimes have increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%.  (These figures are based on a 2015 report; as Muslim migration has continued to soar over the last nearly eight years, these stats have likely gotten worse.)

Aside from bringing an exponential rise in mayhem, the growing Muslim population is, as this recent development attests, also slowly but surely erasing—“canceling”—Sweden’s indigenous culture and former Christian heritage.  In this case, however, their success is entirely predicated on Sweden’s willing cooperation.

Sweden, of course, is symbolic of the West in general. Expressions of Christmas, particularly the Nativity scene, are being suppressed all throughout the West to appease Muslims. A few examples come from the UK (here and here), Italy (here and here), Germany (here and here), and Belgium (here and here).

In New York City, beginning as far back as 2002, public schools were allowed to display the religious symbols of all religions—including the star and crescent of Islam—except for Christianity, with a particular emphasis on banning the Nativity scene.

It’s also worth noting that not a few of those Western people engaged in such self-suppression are self-identified “Christians”—including the pope himself.

What makes all this appeasement especially loathsome is that, of all non-Christians, it is precisely Muslims who, far from reciprocating such “sensitivity,” do the exact opposite. If anything, the Christmas season often heralds nothing but a rise in the persecution of Christian minorities throughout the Muslim world.

During Christmas of 2015, for example, I made it a point to closely follow and collate instances of persecution for an article. A few examples follow:

  • USA: Muslim terrorists attacked a Christmas party in San Bernardino, killing 14 people, including a Christian woman from Iran who thought she had successfully fled persecution by coming to America.
  • Nigeria: Muslim terrorists of Boko Haram slaughtered 16 Christians, including children, on Christmas Day. In other years, the jihadist group has bombed or burned several packed churches on Christmas Day.  One of the deadliest occurred in 2011, when the jihadists bombed a Catholic church during Christmas mass, killing 39 and wounding hundreds.
  • Philippines: Muslim terrorists slaughtered ten Christians on Christmas Eve, in order to “make a statement.”
  • Iraq: On Christmas Eve, Islamic terrorists bombed ten homes and a convent in a Christian village.
  • Bethlehem: In the birthplace of Christmas, and scene of the Nativity, Muslims stoned a Christian leader and, elsewhere, torched a public Christmas tree.
  • Belgium: “Allah akbar” yelling Muslims torched a large, public Christmas tree in Brussels.
  • Bangladesh: Christmas midnight mass was canceled due to severe threats of terrorism.
  • Indonesia: Christmas mass was not canceled, though heavy security—150,000 personnel—was posted all around churches due to threats of terrorism.

Some might argue that most of these examples were the work of terrorists or other “extremists”—that true Muslims are welcoming of Christmas.

Au contraire. During that same Christmas, the authorities of several Muslim nations “cracked down” on Christmas celebrations.

In Iran, 10 Christians quietly celebrating the Nativity in a house were arrested, shackled, and hauled off on Christmas Day.  Moreover, the governments of three other Muslim nations—Brunei, Tajikistan, and Somalia—formally banned Christmas on pain of lengthy prison sentences (from celebrating its Gospel message to putting up trees, dressing like Santa Claus, and/or giving gifts). The Islamic clerics of Brunei summarized the general rationale: “Using religious symbols like crosses, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs, sending Christmas greetings … are against Islamic faith.”

Although the above examples come from just one year, 2015, every Christmas season, before and after, sees the same sort of persecution by Muslims. For example, whenever America’s great “friend and ally,” Saudi Arabia, suspects Christian laborers of, as one Saudi official once complained, “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” they are arrested and punished.

Christmas 2022 hasn’t even arrived, and Islamic hostility is already brewing. A few days ago in France, a Muslim man sawed down a Christmas tree that had been erected in and by the officials of Lormont; a few days before that in Italy, another Muslim man “terrorized everyone” in the town of Sora as they participated in a Christmas tree lighting celebration.  Lest the “religious,” that is, Islamic, motivation is missed, both Muslim men hollered Islam’s ancient war cry—“Allahu Akbar!”

If this is how some Muslim minorities react to the overt symbols of Christmas in Western nations, where they are “guests,” how might they react in the Muslim world itself?  Well, in Tajikistan, a supposedly “secularized” Muslim nation that is seldom associated with “radicalism,” a Muslim man screaming “infidel!” stabbed another young man to death—simply because he was dressed as Santa Clause. In Jordan, police arrested a man for dressing as Santa Clause.

Such is the lamentable—if not downright disgusting—state of affairs. In the West, where Muslims are granted all sorts of concessions—beginning with the gift of migrating from the Third to the First World— Christmas is increasingly being stifled, lest it offends them.  Meanwhile, in the Muslim world, the Christmas season sees only an uptick of the persecution of Christian “infidels.”

Although both are bad, the distinction (more fully discussed here) should not be missed: Christmas is under attack in the West, not because of Muslims, but because of homegrown Western elements who despise the Christian holiday and everything it represents.  Rather than be honest, however, they use Muslims as pawns and pretexts.

That, by the way, is the case with everything Western people are told they must suppress—beginning with their religion—in the name of “inclusivity.”  In the end, this exercise in self-suppression is not about accommodating minority groups but rather sabotaging Western civilization from within.

This article first appeared on The Stream.

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8 comments

    • It would not last 5 minutes. The zealots of Islam have no tolerance for any religion other than the “religion” of Islam. Meanwhile, so many countries have allowed them to enter and after they have, they create mayhem, murders are made in Allah’s name, they demand the host country bow to their demands and they are accommodated. It’s time to fight back! Deport them to their native lands or the lands of their forefathers. Keep your Christian countries Christian! Keep Israel Jewish.
      ACT NOW, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!

  • Yes, and as you read from the news, they have now muslim boys as Lucia and also Lucia with hijab!
    And yes, the word “Christmas” is banned, so not to offend all muslimshits!
    That is insanity!
    And more: The king of Sweden is a complete idiot without any power.
    OUT WITH ALL MUSLIMSHITS FROM EU AND USA IMMEDIATELY!

  • “Philippines: Muslim terrorists slaughtered ten Christians on Christmas Eve, in order to “make a statement.” ”

    Where is the original news article for this?

  • If it works why not keep doing it and it obviously works. Islam is simply following human nature by doing what works until someone stops it. This is how oppression and dominance starts.

    If you doubt it ask the Democrats they are becoming expert at this tactic.

  • Merry Christmas to my fellow Christians. Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the moment when the Holy Spirit and human flesh intermingled in the most glorious manner. It is indeed a testament to so many wonderful things, of which I’m sure, since you are a fellow Christian, already know of many.

    The message of Jesus is one of peace and love, but, I must ask, was that his message 100% of the time? Was that his message when he overturned the tables in the temple? Was that his message when he argued with and derided the pharisees?

    And, what of significance besides the usual talking points is this glorious coming together of flesh and Holy Spirit? Could it be that with this union that humans are being asked, no; required, to participate directly in the plan of Jesus Christ?

    As we now find ourselves in the Last Days should we be participating directly in the defeat of the anti-Christ, of which Islam is a component? And, if so, how would that participation look?

    Perhaps it might look like a combination of human flesh, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, all at work at the same time. This is correct!

  • “Burglars in Tacoma, Washington, vandalized three power stations on Christmas morning, leaving about 14,000 customers without electricity, according to police.”

    Just the Biden’s gang been so busy on Christmas morning.
    Nice work done Joe!
    You sure must be very happy of how thoroughly you have destroyed America!

  • This is absolutely the best of the year:

    “Biden vows to hold airlines accountable for widespread cancellations”

    Hahahaaahahaaahahaaaa!
    Unbelievable!

    So, who will then hold the idiot Biden-The-Toilet-Bidet accountable for the cancellation of America?

    GET RID OF THAT IDIOT JOE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    THE WHOLE WORLD IS LAUGHING, ONLY IDIOTS IN WH AND ONE CACKLE-CACKLE-CACKLE!
    UNBELIEVABLE STUPID AMERICA!

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