Mus­lims cel­e­brate Christ­mas, too

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Michael S. Hamil­ton,

Don­ald Trump and his sup­port­ers would do well to re­mem­ber that most Mus­lims in the world to­day cel­e­brate Christ­mas with their Chris­tian brethren. Je­sus is revered along­side Muham­mad, Moses, Abra­ham and other prophets of monothe­ism by most Mus­lims. They ex­change cards and presents with friends and fam­ily, gather for meals, pray for peace, and have par­ties around dec­o­rated ev­er­green trees.

In In­done­sia, a staunch ally of the U.S. since its ori­gins in 1947, and a coun­try hav­ing the largest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion in the world (90 per­cent), all the ball­rooms of the ma­jor ho­tels are re­served for par­ties for the week be­fore Christ­mas.

Re­li­gious di­vi­sions, often ex­ploited by a few ex­trem­ists, are pushed aside dur­ing the hol­i­days, as peo­ple of good will hope for peace in the spirit of which­ever prophets they em­brace. Let us pray the next pres­i­dent can rise above our na­tional ig­no­rance of other faiths and em­brace this spirit.

Berthoud The writer is an emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal science at the Univer­sity of South­ern Maine.

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