“All Iraqis are Christian today!” – Christmas in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — From a distance, it looks like an apparition: a huge multi-colored hot-air balloon floating in the Baghdad sky, bearing a large poster of Jesus Christ. Below it, an Iraqi flag


Welcome to the first-ever public Christmas celebration in Baghdad, held Saturday and sponsored by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Once thought to be infiltrated by death squads, the Ministry now is trying to root out sectarian violence — as well as improve its P.R. image.

Even before I can ask Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf a question, he greets me with a big smile. “All Iraqis are Christian today!” he says.


Saw this in Abu Yusuf’s blog here. He has a good point in saying:

I wonder if America will allow an event like this for Eid or Ramadan, or have someone say “today, all Amercans are Muslims”

Source: CNN

9 Replies to ““All Iraqis are Christian today!” – Christmas in Iraq”

  1. yeah, right after America burns down almost all the mosques in the US, kills clerics, beheads Muslims, and forces the remaining Muslims to Mexico and Canada – maybe then we can call for some equivalence…

    but wait, didn’t all Americans already claim we are all Hussein?

  2. Is Christmas true???

    Lets start by analyzing some very basic practices done throughout the Christian world.

    The word ‘Christmas’ does not exist in the Bible. The Bible has closed lips on the entire feast of Christmas, with one exception, the decoration of a tree. The Bible itself criticizes the decoration of the (Christmas) trees:

    “The customs of the people are worthless, they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel, they adore it with silver and gold, they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter” (Jeremiah 10-3,4).

    European Pre-Christian pagans superstitiously believed that the green trees had special protective powers. In fact the use of the Christmas tree began only in the 17th century in Strasbourg, France and from there it spread to Germany, Britain and then to the U.S.

    “Tree worship was a common feature of religion among the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe before their conversion to Christianity…German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom to the American colonies in the 17th century. By the 19th century its use was quite widespread”. (Compton’s Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition)

    Was Jesus born on Dec. 25?

    Neither the date 25th Dec. nor any other date on Jesus’ birth is mentioned in the Bible. It was not until the year 530 C.E. that a monk, Dionysus Exigus, fixed the date of Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25th. . “He wrongly dated the birth of Christ according to the Roman system (i.e., 754 years after the founding of Rome) as Dec. 25, 753”. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 ed.)

    This date was chosen in keeping with the holidays already indoctrinated into pagans beliefs. Roman pagans celebrated Dec. 25th as the birth of their ‘god’ of light, Mithra.

    What about Santa Claus?

    If aliens descended on earth during the Christmas season, they would undoubtedly believe Christmas as being Santa’s birthday. The words ‘Santa Claus’, appear nowhere in the Bible.

    However, Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was a real person, a bishop, who was born 300 years after Jesus. According to legend, he was extremely kind and set out at night to bring presents to the needy. After his death on 6th of Dec., school boys in Europe began celebrating a feast day each year. Queen Victoria later changed the celebration date from Dec. 6th to Dec. 24th eve.

    Did Jesus or his Companions Celebrate Christmas?

    If Jesus meant his followers to celebrate Christmas, he would have practiced it himself and enjoined it on his followers. There is no mention in the entire Bible that any of his followers ever celebrated Jesus’ birthday like Christians do today. “The church did not observe a festival for the celebration of the event of Christmas until the 4th century” (Grolier’s Encyclopedia).

    Thus we see that neither the Bible nor Jesus and his companions say anything about the celebration of Christmas.


    Source: http://www.whyislam101.com/id1.html

  3. i gotta say i like “bs” comment..it shows alot of ignorance to Islam…

    and pride is one thing Islam teaches us not to have…

    on this actual article all i can say is damn we are going astray!

  4. this is just sad! iraq is a muslim country with a christian minority. i personally am bothered by this gesture of the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

  5. Hi Yousuf,
    Our prophet (saws) did not inforce Islamic laws by force, people were free to practice the religions they wanted, under certain rules, (jizia, and so on)… Islamic laws were present but no ISLAMIC STATE CONCEPT has ever been installed by the prophet. This is a recent concept, Islamic stats will bring down islam, as ISLAMIC stats say EVERYUBODY MUST obay the rules of islam… which was never what our beloved prophet preached.

    Just study how the nations IN THE TIME OUR PROPHET LIVED, and you will see that people were free to practice whatever they wanted, and the muslims practicing Islam were the best of muslims in history… yet 0 mass INFORCEMENT.

    I am muslim and I am from Iraq. Kicking out the jews from Iraq was the worst mistake ever done, we lived for thousands of years in peace with them, and christians should be well treated.

    Then again, Allah knows best

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