Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV usually covers church services today, but this Christmas seems to be one of the most extensively reported ever.
Services were broadcast on the Islamist channel from several churches, including the Maronite:
And Roman Catholic:
From big churches in the capital:
To small ones in the countryside:
The theme was coexistence, with Hezbollah delegations visiting church congregations nation-wide:
With a special focus on those located in mixed Muslim-Christian areas:
And intense coverage of outdoor Christian decorations in Hezbollah-dominated southern and Bekaa villages:
Plenty of unveiled church goers interviewed:
Smiles and kisses all around:
But there was more.
Interviews with priests during Al Manar talk shows:
Singing songs about Christ during Al Manar variety shows:
Complete with 70s fade outs:
Quotes from Jesus with booming voice during commercial breaks:
Even a “Holy Mary” music video:
Meanwhile a similar Jesus fest was going in Iran, from top leaders tweets:
May the spirit of Christmas bring joy, peace, empathy and compassion to everyone throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 24, 2013
I wanted to see if there was a similar reaction among Muslim-led governments in the region.
But as opposed to the Christmas bonanza going in Iran and Hezbollah–whose leaders have been branded as terrorists by the West– I could find very little about the holidays from Western Muslim allies.
Nothing today from the Saudi news agency:
No Christmas news in Kuwait:
And not a single tweet this week from UAE prince and Dubai leader:
There are thousands of US troops based in these countries, yet isn’t it ironic that “enemy” states seem much more focused on the message of religious coexistence than allied ones?