Christmas Letter From A Muslim (Veterans Today)

Jesus is called a great prophet in the Quran.

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“The best-kept secret of Christmas: The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims LOVE Jesus…maybe even more than most nominal Christians do.…”
– Dr. Kevin Barrett

Christmas letter from a Muslim (Veterans Today, by Dr. Kevin Barrett, Dec 25, 2013):

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As-salaamu alaikum and a very Merry Christmas!

American Christians often send each other Christmas letters. Oddly, these letters rarely reference Jesus – or any of the other messengers of God, peace and blessings on all of them.

Christmas letters usually just provide a superficial summary of what the letter-writer and family have been doing during the previous year. Most of them are devoid of spirituality.

You’d think a Christmas letter would invoke angels,  blessings, self-sacrifice, holiness, purity, miracles, redemptive love, dreams and visions, divine healing, hopes of paradise and aversions to hellfire, and so on. You’d expect a Christmas letter to be written in the spirit of Jesus, that most radical of spiritual healers and miracle-workers, who taught a vastly expanded form of consciousness based on universal love – a form of consciousness capable of turning ordinary life into the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message To The World (Video)

Edward Snowden’s Alternative Christmas Message To The World (ZeroHedge, Dec 25, 2013):

Edward Snowden’s Christmas message, conveyed to the world courtesy of the UK’s Channel 4, from his Russian exile is simple: “end mass surveillance.” Alas, in a world in which social media exhibitionism is the norm, is his message increasingly falling on deaf ears? After all, there is a Duck Dynasty scandal, or a Justin Bieber retirement at any given moment, both of which are far more important than the loss of all personal privacy and the supreme reign of Big Brother.

UK: 1.5 Million Took Out Loans To Fund Christmas

1.5 million took out loans to fund Christmas (Independent, Dec 30, 2012):

Consumers will remain vulnerable to fast-finance firms until a crackdown on credit charges in 2014

Payday lenders and high-street fast-finance firms are expected to campaign hard for more customers over the next 12 months before a crackdown on unscrupulous lending, an MP said last night. The warning came as new figures revealed that around 1.5 million people took short-term loans – some at more than 1,000 per cent interest – to get through a recession-blighted Christmas.

In a survey by Which?, 92 per cent of respondents agreed that people feel under pressure to spend too much at Christmas, and almost a quarter (22 per cent) said they could afford to pay for Christmas only by using credit cards and overdrafts. So it is not surprising that payday-loan firms, pawnbrokers and other money shops were able to cash in.

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Total Desperation: Retailers Push ‘Christmas in July’

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Toys R Us is promoting its summertime discounts more heavily than last year with deals of the day and free shipping through Saturday.

NEW YORK — Santa in the summer?

Retailers are pumping still more energy this year into trying to get shoppers to loosen their purse strings early for Christmas with sparkly ornaments, holiday music and special prices. In July.

Target Corp. is entering the game for the first time, with a one-day online sale starting Friday on 500 items from clothing to Blu-ray disc players that’s modeled after sales typically held Thanksgiving weekend. And Sears and Toys R Us are dramatically promoting “Christmas in July” online and in the stores based on the success they saw in last year’s efforts.

“We really wanted to create that sense of excitement, that sense of urgency,” said Target spokeswoman Molly Hanus.

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UK: Loan sharks target poorest households with 825% APR loans

Number of households borrowing from loan sharks has risen by 22% to 200,000 in the past three years, a report finds

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Households in £82 million debt to illegal lenders after taking out doorstep loans to fund Christmas

Thousands of households have taken out loans with interest rates averaging 825% during “the worst Christmas in a generation” for illegal doorstep lending, according to a new report.

The Real Cost of Christmas, commissioned by affordable housing provider Circle Anglia and written by the Financial Inclusion Centre, found that more than 100,000 of the UK’s poorest families will spend 2010 crippled with a combined debt of around £82m after borrowing money from loan sharks to pay for Christmas.

The value of the loans is an estimated £29m, but average interest rates of 825% will mean that people end up paying nearly three times the initial amount they borrowed.

The report says that on average people borrowed nearly £300 with an average repayment period of one year.

Andy Doyland, chief executive of operations at Circle Anglia, said: “These figures are very concerning and demonstrate the scale of illegal lending across the UK.

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Obamacare: Merry Christmas!

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Obamacare: Change Nobody Believes In:
A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas eve.


Santa Claus in 2009: In Hard Times, Kids Ask for Bare Essentials Like Shoes, Eyeglasses and a Job for Mum and Dad

A 5-year-old girl to Santa: “Can you turn my daddy into an elf?”

“Why?” he asked.

“Because my daddy’s out of work, and we’re about to lose our house,” she said.


For America’s Santas, It’s Hard to Be Jolly With the Tales They’re Hearing

The Santa Index

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(Read more about what different Santas around the U.S. have been hearing from children this year.)

As a longtime Santa Claus at a suburban Chicago mall, Rod Riemersma used to jokingly tell children they would get socks for Christmas if they were naughty.

This year, he stopped telling the joke. Too many children were asking for socks. “They’ve probably heard their parents say, ‘Geez, I wish I had some money to get them clothes,’ ” says Mr. Riemersma, 56 years old.

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