Letter to the editor: Christmas woes in Nazareth

Newsmax reports that Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up after being born in Bethlehem, canceled its official Christmas celebrations this year to protest President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Muslim mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salam, has ordered all official events canceled, according to The Times of Israel.  The mayor said, “Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate.  The decision [Trump’s decision about Jerusalem] has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”  He went on to call Trump “wretched” and said that Trump had stabbed Palestinians in the back with his move.

Today, the city of Nazareth has a population of 75,922.  The inhabitants are predominantly Arab citizens of Israel – 69 percent are Muslim and 30.9 percent Christian according to wikipedia.org.  But over 2,000 years ago, besides being the city where Jesus grew up, Nazareth is also the city where the angel Gabriel was sent from God to tell Mary that she was “highly favored with God, and that she would conceive, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus, and he shall be called the Son of the Highest . . . and that he would reign over the house of Jacob [Israel] forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”  (See Luke 1:26-38)

New Update: The mayor changed his mind somewhat.  He just announced he will allow some celebrations; but singing performances on outdoor stages, that have been part of celebrations in the past, will not be allowed this year.  Apparently he did not want to lose the revenue from the thousands of tourist who flock to Nazareth every year to celebrate Christmas.

Nazareth is truly a holy city for Jews and Christians alike; but obviously this Muslim mayor has no respect for the people who believe in Jesus, and celebrate his birth . . . and isn’t that ironic?  Nazareth is an Israeli city . . . and the Israeli government protects the “freedom of religion” in their nation, which has enabled this Muslim to be elected mayor.  And yet, he is now forbidding the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel long before President Trump made his declaration.  King David established Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel more than 3,000 years ago.  But today, in this wicked world, there are people determined to destroy the historical evidence of the past, so that they can rewrite history, and make it more to their liking.

God have mercy on these poor misguided souls.