Black Friday / Thanksgiving Outrage?

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Best Buy pissed off a whole lot of people with the above Black Friday flier that announced Thanksgiving Day sales and wished it’s Muslim customers a “Happy Eid al-Adha.” This year, Thanksgiving Day coincides with the Muslim holiday also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. This holiday commemorates, amongst other things, Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Uhm. His son Ishmael that is. In Saudi Arabia.

That had to have been a hell of a walk given that Abraham lived in Canaan at the time…

The Festival is celebrated by the wearing of one’s best clothes, the distribution of gifts and the sacrifice of domestic animals, commonly goats. Last night I was in a cab driven by a guy from East Jerusalem. We were discussing price and he started telling me about his Eid al-Adha preparations. He purchased a goat for his Mother and Father, his wife and child and for himself. He told me how each person would eat from their sacrificed goat and then distribute what was left to the poor. His father had passed away, so that entire goat was going to go to the less fortunate.

Back in America, folks inundated the Best Buy Message board and various blogs with howls of outrage, wondering why Eid al-Adha was mentioned by name while Best Buy has a policy against wishing customers a Merry Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or Yule instead opting for the neutral “Happy Holidays.” Others took umbrage with the perceived bloodthirstiness of the Muslim Festival, ignoring completely the fact that Christmas celebrates the birth of this dude destined to be sacrificed in a horrible and bloody way (NOT by the Jews!) and that Eid al-Adha is really mostly about gift giving and charity. This has also inspired the inevitable calls for boycotts against Best Buy and marks the official beginning of this year’s war against Christmas. Apparently.

Me? I gave in and gave the cab driver the disputed 5 shekels. Do you have any idea how expensive goats are??? Happy Thanksgiving Day and Eid Al-Adha Mubrak America!

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6 Comments

  • I like the irony of you basically saying, “Obviously your made up story about Abraham sacrificing his son in Saudi Arabia is wrong, because my made up story says he was doing that in Canaan.”

  • Sigh Andy. The Koran acknowledges that Abraham was in Canaan and then goes on to suggest that Abraham went on a little jaunt to deepest darkest current day Saudi Arabia in order to sacrifice Ishmael. At least my “made up” story predates theirs and suggests more plausibly a walk to the current day Temple Mount. But whatever, despite our theological differences, why can’t we all just get along?

  • Either all the holiday greetings or none.

    As far as that goes, there are few things I find LESS offensive than someone wishing me a Merry Christmas. It’s no skin off my nose, and if they want to be nice I return the favor.

    So long as they leave us out of it, hoe does Christians celebrating Christmas hurt us? Jews who get pissed off at Christians celebrating their holidays need to get a life.

  • Thanks for the Eid wishes. I did disagree with your take on the sacrifice of Abraham’s son but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

  • That’s cool Maiya and Tarek. We all have our opinions, and though they may differ, there’s no reason we can;t just all get along. Plus, Jews just CANNOT make a good knafeh.

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