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    • Ante
    • 28.12.09 | 11:33 (IST)

    ... The headlines if a European priest, say a German one, had condemned Hanukka and threathened to put together a "black list" of businesses that support Hannuka? I think we all know what the headlines would be, it would contain one (sadly, overused) phrase: Anti-semitism. The commentators would also refer to the 1930's and 1940's. In this case, it would actually fit perfectly. The viewpoint of the rabbis in the story is nothing but bigotry. Israel would do well to take a stance condemning religious and racial bigotry and truly become a secular state. Oh, and most of the "symbols of Christianity" are in actuality pagan symbols, as Christmas is not really a Christian holiday (hence why it is actually still called "yule" in some countries). We just think it is Christian due to good PR. ;)

    from the article: Rabbis versus Christmas: Religious rivalry in Jerusalem benefits no one
    First published 15:51 17.12.09 | Last updated 20:16 17.12.09
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