It's Christmas Day, and I'm staring at the snow-covered mountains to the west of Hamilton, MT as I type this. Merry Christmas (and to hell with any liberals/progressives who don't like it) to all, and hopes for a happier New Year to come.
"Shocking Revelations About Jesus Christ
December 25, 2010: Just in time for Christmas,
Palestinian Authority TV comes out with shows extolling
the fact (at least among Palestinians) that Jesus was a
Palestinian and the first Palestinian martyr. Christians
believe that the Romans executed Jesus to placate a
faction of the Jewish clergy who opposed the message
Jesus was putting out. Jesus was known as a popular
rabbi, and was accused by the Romans of claiming to be
"king of the Jews." Some Jews (who later became
Christians) accepted Jesus as the long awaited messiah.
But most Jews, and all Moslems, do not. Moslems
believe Jesus was a prophet sent by God to the Semitic
Jewish tribes of what is now Palestine. This is an
important point, as Palestinian propaganda considers
Jews who don't look Semitic (Arab) to be polluted by
alien blood and thus not welcome. The Semitic Jews of
Israel (the descendents of those expelled from Arab
countries in the late 1940s) are also considered
unwelcome, largely because they consorted with the
invading Western Jews. These Jews look just like Arabs,
and often join the intelligence services, since they make
excellent undercover agents.
Palestinian propaganda, meant mainly for internal
consumption, depicts all of Israel as "occupied Palestine"
and holds that Jews (who have lived in the area
continuously for over 3,000 years) have no right to be
there. Arab Christians in the neighborhood, some of
them descendants of those who were followers of Jesus,
keep their heads down amidst all this, as the Palestinian
propaganda also declares that Jesus was preaching
Islam, over five centuries before Mohammed arrived on
the scene. Religion can get you killed in this part of the
world, but that doesn't seem to discourage radical
interpretations of historical events.
Religious intolerance, as well as religious diversity, are
both characteristic of the region. Islam arrived five
centuries after Christianity and, like earlier new
religions, attracted adherents. What was different about
Islam was that it was aggressively seeking to persuade
all conquered people to become Moslems. This did not
work, as there were always stubborn minorities. In the
area that is now Israel and the Palestinian territories,
there are several religions that survived, in one way or another, the Islamic conversion
effort. The two most obvious groups were Christians (several different sects) and Jews
(ditto). But there were others, most of whom pretended to become Moslems, but do so on their own terms. Thus we have the Druze, several flavors of Shia, and others. These
Moslem sects are considered heretics by many mainstream Sunni Moslems (especially
hard core groups like the Wahhabi and al Qaeda).
For Palestinian propaganda purposes, it's possible to find enough hooks in the complex
religious and ethnic history of the region to get many Moslems to believe that Jesus was
not a Jew, but rather the first Palestinian martyr. The Arabs tend to keep stuff like this
to themselves, thus you will only find these messages in the Arab language media. But it
is always there, especially during the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus."
Islam fosters hate and resentment amongst the muslims, most often by outright lies and distortions. Myths such as this one are promulgated to keep their more ignorant followers believing they have the one true path to righteousness. Remember that our President loves Islam, and thinks the muslim call to prayer “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”