If it weren’t for the stonings, beheadings, amputations, declarations of imminent conquest, suicide bombings, and all the rest of it, these guys would be great comedians. “Turkish imam says Santa Claus ‘dishonest,'” from RIA Novosti, December 28 (thanks to Twostellas):
The imam of the Turkish town of Kuzan has issued a warning to Muslims about Santa Claus, who he called a dishonest person, Italy’s Corriere della Sera wrote.
Imam Suleiman Eniceri said it was suspicious that Santa Claus brings presents into a house by climbing down a chimney or through windows. “If he was an honest person he would come through the door as we do,” the imam said. The imam cited a passage in the Koran that calls on the faithful to enter houses through doors.
“Christmas is not our festival,” he said, and warned Turkish Muslims against drinking alcohol….
I don’t know — sounds as if Imam Suleiman Eniceri has been knocking back a few on the sly…