The power of Christmas. Or at least the power of Christmas as unleashed by the USA, the Disney Corporation, Prince Albert, Dickens and Hollywood; shmaltz, emotion and paganism. A northern European midwinter feast with alcohol, evergreen boughs, slaughtered pigs all overlain with the moral impetus of Victor Orban's Fidesz - 'Family, Work, Order, Health' - as a quasi-religious duty. And it's everywhere. There's not a Muslim nation on earth that can avoid the attraction of a holiday with presents, particularly as the entire world travel system shuts down and Santa is a non-denominational Small God.
Which would you rather have, a three-hour lecture on toilet hygiene with whipping and head-chopping from a bored Imam or pigging-out on the joy of Christian love (with presents and alcohol)? It's not hard to see why the Friday people are concerned. Our message is so much more attractive than their primitive bigotry.
So please don't knock the horrid commercial mash that Christmas has become; it's doing the job of Christian missionaries in a way that established church clerics have long abandoned. And there can't be a Muslim on earth that doesn't feel joy at the anniversary of Christ's nativity. God really does work in mysterious ways ...
Have a wonderful Christmas all.
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