Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Christmas Miracle

It is everywhere and it deserves to be everywhere so now it is here as well: Hassan Askari is a hero and an “Honorary Lemming.” Well, his being named “Honorary Lemming” is not everywhere (although it should be), but the fact that this man is a hero is everywhere. In a world (I am sounding like that “movie announcer guy”) where Muslim villains hating Jews for being Jewish is par for the course comes a story of a Muslim youth defending a group of Jews being attacked by Christians. We have officially jumped the shark folks.

Dear G-d,
Sorry to disturb you,
But I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears,
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street,
cause they cant make opinions meet,
About G-d,
I cant believe in you.

XTC's Dear G-d

The “War on Christmas” has finally been exposed for what it is: a War BY Christmas. I have spoken here about how “Merry Christmas” is the new “Fuck You” and a story in the New York Post shows this tragically clearly.

It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them "Merry Christmas."
Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: "Happy Hanukkah."
Apparently, those were fighting words.
"They just came at us so fast. The first thing that came into my mind was, 'Yeah, this is going to be violent,' " said Parsheva, 20.
One of the group immediately hiked up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo of Christ.
"He said, 'Happy Hanukkah, that's when the Jews killed Jesus,' " said Adler.
The group of about 14 men and women then allegedly began taunting Adler and his pals as "dirty Jews" and "Jew bitches."
Amid a huge scrum, Askari jumped in.
"I'm bleeding all over the place, there's lots of people, they're fighting with Hassan still, and I'm like, why isn't anyone else doing anything?" Adler said.
He pulled the emergency brake right before entering the DeKalb Avenue station.
Police came aboard and arrested 10 people, charging six with assault and four with unlawful assembly.


This is so clearly a symptom of all this weight placed not upon whether our faith is right for us, but whether or not another shares our faith. Jesus, who celebrated Hanukah by the way and died Jewish, came to Earth, according to Christians, to spread love. Love is never located in your fists.

Now you re punching
And you re kicking
And you re shouting at me
And I'm relying on your common decency
So far it hasn't surfaced
But I'm sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist (head to your fists)
-Depeche Mode's People are People

Oh, and for the record, Jesus was killed by the Romans (the place the Catholic Church is based out of) not the Jews and it was on Passover, not Hanukkah. I don’t mind intelligent hate, but this ignorant hate is just too much to handle. I can discuss differences with the intelligent. I can only run so fast from the stupid.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Johnny Mathis' It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Thanks again to Hassan Askari who rose above those petty differences of faith and showed that when push comes to shove, the basics are all the same: love your brother.

3 comments:

Nessa said...

I hate everyone equally, so I'm good.

VE said...

It matters not to me who anyone is or what they believe in; just don't push it on me.

Charles said...

Here! Here!
Jesus told us to love one another as we love ourselves. And yes he was Jewish. He also told of the good Samaritan, someone most Jews wouldn't have thought good, merely because he was a Samaritan. Good lessons, old lessons, lessons some will never ever learn, they are so filled with hate and ignorance. Of course ignorance could be cured with education, its the attitude that I have my doubts about.