Thursday, December 21, 2006

Islam in the Nativity of the Lord

Cranmer is most appreciative of this little festive gem, which comes from his most friendly communicant, Mr Parker, in Oxford.

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?


Blogger DV said...

Dhimmi thinking.....

21 December 2006 at 11:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...


Is it a genuine product or a copy ?

21 December 2006 at 11:53  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Playmobil Nativity

Same as Mr Parker

Playmobil USA

21 December 2006 at 11:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will not make a comment, as a commenter on Guido's blog has already informed me that I am a BNP supporter.

21 December 2006 at 12:08  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

Typical - a US version cleansed of Islam, and a UK version with an Islamic statement. Or is it an EU version? I've never heard of these things, and wouldn't waste by money in any case.

21 December 2006 at 12:10  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Serf,

It is precisely because you have been accused of being a supporter of the BNP that His Grace exhorts you to make your comment. The only restrictions on this blog are the stipulations concerning intelligence and erudition.

If someone wishes to accuse any of His Grace's communicants of anything, and the evidence adduced is simply their ad hominem remark, it is they who manifest their ignorance, and is it their comment of which His Grace seeks deprivation.

21 December 2006 at 12:28  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Serf if you think banking with Banque Nationale de Paris is such a heinous offence switch to Citibank............but taking any notice of people posting on Guido's Blog is to elevate the medium

21 December 2006 at 12:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite right there is much to much childishness in the world :

Two Muslim extremists walk into a room :- boom boom.

I thang `yew...

Interesting article in the Guardian today about secret membership of the BNP by the middleclasses. I read it over a Liberals shoulder

Whats orange and loooks good on a Liberal :- Fire

I really don`t fit in here do I . Nonetheles I crave your Graces indulgence and will endeavour to improve. I have also been accused of being a member of the BNP which amused my wife who is black ( as is my son sort of ).In fact such contradictions are not unknown but as it happens I am not a racist.

21 December 2006 at 13:44  
Blogger Cranmer said...

I really don`t fit in here do I

In this, the season of goodwill to all men, when we recall those who 'don't fit' anywhere, His Grace extends the right hand of fellowship to you, and asks you to join him and his other communicants for virtual festive mincepies and a glass of cyber sherry.

Christmas Blessings to you, Mr Newmania. His Grace looks forward to your sincere attempts to better yourself.

21 December 2006 at 14:04  
Anonymous Voyager said...

the season of goodwill to all men

a very poor translation from the Greek I believe. Why do Anglicans persist in this botched version of the statement

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men Luke 2:14

Whereas in fact the Greek uses objective genitive to read

and on earth peace to men of goodwill

which surely commended:


21 December 2006 at 15:01  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Voyager,

You are, of course, quite correct. The Anglicans do not persist in this 'botched version' for any reason other than eudokia (there is no Greek font that functions in this blog window) is rendered in the Authorised version as I quoted, and this has entered the homely speech of the venacular. Grammatically it denotes that which pleases, goodness, the tendency to do good.

His Grace was simply being benevolent toward Mr Newmania. If this expression had been limited to men of goodwill, he might necessarily have had to exclude Mr Newmania, and this would have been rather contrary to the spirit of Christmas.

21 December 2006 at 18:55  
Anonymous Voyager said...

A fine response Your Grace............and I think we can wish Mr Newmania the compliments of the season and a Merry Christmas to all contributors

21 December 2006 at 20:37  
Blogger One Angry Christian said...

anyone who is historically accurate and intellectually honest about Islam is a racist ... obviously.

21 December 2006 at 22:21  
Blogger Tom Tyler said...

What a very odd illustration for a children's toy. Like yourself, Your Grace, I am perplexed and cannot help but wonder whether this is yet another subtle example of the attempt by certain political elements to "normalise" Islam, this time aimed at the eyes of those too young to question it.
Has this matter been brought to the attention of the manufacturers concerned? I would have thought that the obvious historical inaccuracy of the illustration would warrant correction, if not out of altruism then out of a desire not to cause any offence to either Christians or Muslims. (though I rather think that the illustration would be more quickly corrected, should it be even hinted that it might offend the latter group, rather than if it were proved beyond all doubt that it offends the former group).

21 December 2006 at 23:12  
Anonymous Colin said...

Halal Christmas according to Brusselsjournal:

"In Amsterdam, ... the residents of the Diamantbuurt received a note from the Red Cross, saying that they may bring only halal food to the traditional neighbourhood Christmas dinner. The Red Cross organizes the dinner annually to bring residents of the multicultural neighbourhood together. It is a potluck dinner where everyone brings along a dish to be shared among the group. Indigenous Dutch in the Diamantbuurt reacted angrily to the news that they are only allowed to bring halal dishes to a dinner to celebrate the birth of Christ."

21 December 2006 at 23:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has this matter been brought to the attention of the manufacturers concerned?

It is a German company - but I wonder if some models come from China

22 December 2006 at 07:41  
Anonymous david aberdeen said...

I suspect this simply has been the result of incompetence by a toy manufacturer not that concerned with historical accuracy and as far as I can tell this is a discontinued model, which in my view is only partly a good thing. It is good that the rather blatant inaccuracy is not being repeated, but I'm rather saddened that the nativity story is being abandoned altogether. It is a sign of the times that the story of Christ coming to us is being abandoned in favour of things that are rather empty and which seem to lack the strength to cope with today's challenges, such as the relentless 'islamic impositions'.

I despair of so much Rudolph and so little nativity and frankly suffer from a certain Cromwellian syndrome...

22 December 2006 at 10:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that because Playmobil yesterday identified this as their product and it is on sale at

22 December 2006 at 12:06  
Anonymous david aberdeen said...

As far as I can see it is 'out of stock' and I could not find it on sale at the Playmobil website... however I'm only human and it is human to err...

22 December 2006 at 22:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll find it in the shops.

23 December 2006 at 10:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your email regarding the above product.

I write to advise you that the background artwork in the above set is
merely a scene. There are no religious connotations contained in the
background, nor is there anything political attached to this item, it is a toy.

I hope this answers your question.

Karen Curtis
Personal Assistant to Commercial Director
Playmobil (UK) Ltd

Wed, 27 Dec 2006 13:47:02 +0100 (12:47 GMT)

27 December 2006 at 13:00  

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