Islam in the Nativity of the Lord
This children’s playmobil is a nativity scene, with the City of David in the background. While Mr Parker was setting up the family nativity set, he noticed an odd detail on the skyline. He recounts:
Why, atop one of the buildings, there is (ahistorically) a minaret – a most peculiar thing, since the Mohammedan heresy came half a millennium later, of course. The rest of the skyline also looks rather Islamic. Bethlehem, in the year 0 AD, has an evidently thriving Islamic community – along with its own giant, London Olympics-style mosque. Clearly the Playmobil chappies are well on top of the changing political and religious situations in the Holy Land, if a little too keen in their anticipation. (Or perhaps this typifies the Palestinian success in convincing ignorant Westerners of their priority claims on Israel).
Doubtless, for merely drawing his communicants’ attention to this, Cranmer is racist, Islamophobic, and a supporter of the BNP. Cranmer notes that Pope Benedict has been embraced by the BNP for some of his recent comments, yet it does not make him a member of their fraternity, nor a subscriber to their creed. Where are the enlightened Mohammedans who can engage with the religio-political issues, instead of indulging in puerile ad hominem remarks?