Friday, December 23, 2016

Rabih Alemaddine on X-mass in Beirut

He wrote: "We don’t have a food orgy at the end of Ramadan, we don’t flagellate ourselves during Ashura, and for Christmas, we certainly don’t shower our children in gold, frankincense, and Dolce & Gabbana."  No, Rabih. You are proving here that you know about other sects as much as average Lebanese.  Not all Shi`ites "celebrate" their religious holidays (and it is Ashura only as you reduced it to that).  And not all Muslims gorge in the month of Ramadan: most are too poor to gorge.  And not all Christians can afford to buy from Docle & Gabbana.  

PS Why do we blame Westerners about stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims when some Arabs themselves promote such stereotypes?