Those Wacky Muslims Show Liberal Style Tolerance In Nazareth

While even the worlds most famous athiest, Richard Dawkins, does a bit of Christmas celebration, some Muslims have to take a dip into Liberal World

As Nazareth’s Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, they are playing down the appearance of a confrontational Islamic banner that challenges a elemental Christian belief.

Journalists visiting the city saw two large banners – one in English, one in Arabic – hanging in the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation, with a verse from the Koran (112:1-4) contradicting the New Testament proclamation that Jesus is the “only begotten” of God.

“In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, Say (O Muhammad): He is Allah, (the) One and Only. Allah, the Eternal, the Absolute. He begetteth not, nor was begotten, and there is none like unto him,” the banner reads.

Nazareth Mayor Ramiz Jaraisy played down concerns that a banner effectively denying Jesus’ deity was provocative to Christians, although he did question its position, in front of Nazareth’s most prominent landmark.

“I don’t think that it’s provocative against anyone,” he said. “My point of view [is] that it’s not the right place to put it and it’s not the right way to do that.”

But Jaraisy said he would not remove the banner because some Islamic fundamentalist groups were looking to provoke a confrontation in order to promote their cause. He did not want to provide them with that opportunity.

Hmm, can you image what would happen if a similar banner that challenges an elemental Muslim belief was raised near Mecca, Medina, perhaps the Dome of the Rock?

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