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AOC’s Moral, Religious, and Historic Christmas Confusion

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2023
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), New York’s millennial congresswoman, believes herself the barometer of progressive morality. But by reframing Jesus as akin to Palestinian terrorists fighting Israel, she instead cloaks herself in a mantle of ignorance and moral confusion.

Conflating political and religious fervor, AOC took to Instagram on Christmas Eve to opine, “In the story of Christmas, Christ was born in modern-day Palestine under the threat of a government engaged in the mass genocide of innocents. He was part of a targeted population being indiscriminately killed to protect an unjust leader’s power,” she wrote. “Thousands of years later, right-wing forces are violently occupying Bethlehem as similar stories unfold for today’s Palestinians, so much so that the Christian community in Bethlehem has canceled this year’s Christmas Eve celebrations.”

“The entire story of Christmas and Christ himself is about standing with the poor and powerless, the marginalized and maligned, the refugees and immigrants, the outcast and misunderstood, without exception,” she added.

Where to begin?

Christians have little say about whether Bethlehem holds Christmas celebrations. In 1950, Christians made up approximately 86% of the population of Bethlehem and its surrounding villages. That share of the population stayed relatively steady until Israel handed the Palestinian Authority control over Bethlehem, and then the proportion of Christians plummeted. Today, barely 13% of Bethlehem’s residents are Christian. At issue was the Palestinian Authority’s deep discrimination against Christians. When Muslim families moved to Bethlehem and forcibly took over Christian property, for example, the Palestinian Authority did nothing to evict the Islamist squatters, even when judges sided with the Christians.

Palestinian terrorists in Bethlehem developed the tactics that Hamas later applied in Gaza. In 2002, for example, Palestinian terrorists seized the Church of the Nativity, barricading themselves in the holy site and stealing the priests’ and nuns’ food and water. They essentially sought to use the sensitive, civilian site as a shield to wage war. The Palestinian gunmen desecrated the church during the six-week siege. An Israeli sniper killed one, a most-wanted terrorist, after he began firing an automatic weapon from within the church. Terrorists then set fire to a neighboring building. The siege ended after six weeks with the evacuation of some terrorists to Gaza and the remainders to Europe.

Christians in Gaza fared even worse under Hamas. Just like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Hamas imposed its extremist interpretations on Christians. It forced women to veil, banned alcohol, and sought forcibly to convert children. While Islamist propagandists note that Islam, unlike Judaism, considers Jesus a prophet, they punish Christians who suggest Jesus to be the son of God who died for mankind’s sins. In 2006, 5,000 Christians lived in Gaza. Within a decade, that number declined by 80%.

Put aside her whitewashing of terror. AOC and her fellow travelers lack basic understanding of history. Jews were the indigenous population of the territory Romans renamed Palestine. Jesus was born a Jew, his last supper was a Passover Seder, and he died a Jew. Therefore, when progressive pundit Cenk Uygur posts, “If Jesus returned to the place of his birth, could he survive the night? Or would he be just another Palestinian casualty?” he is half right. Should Jesus reappear today in Bethlehem, he likely would not survive the night because, as a Jew, he would be subject to Palestinian lynching.

If AOC truly understood Christianity, she would realize that Jesus would not stand for the rape of girls and women, or the beheading and burning of children. Jesus preached love and compassion, not hostage-taking and terror. She would pray for the release of hostages and the end to terror, not peace under Hamas’s yoke. If AOC understood history, she would realize Israel is the nation of migrants and refugees. While Jews are indigenous and always lived in the territory, it was the slaughter of Jews in Europe and the mass expulsion of Jews in Arab lands that led to a population influx, and that many Palestinians migrated from Syria as Jews transformed the land.

Politics should never trump principle. Unfortunately, for AOC they do. Embrace of Hamas principles condemns Jews, Christians, and moderate Muslims to pay the price.

Reprinted with permission from AEI by Michael Rubin.

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Chris
Chris
3 months ago

“If AOC truly understood Christianity”?? How about, “If AOC truly understood AMERICA” – she would understand why she is not fit OR QUALIFIED to serve as a representative of AMERICANS in any district anywhere!

Max
Max
3 months ago

Overall — This is the continued blatant rise of evil against the Jews and Christians of the world. The Left continue to distort the facts of real history to meet their evil agenda.

Donna
Donna
3 months ago

AOC has a very high opinion of herself, not shared by those with any good sense. “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him. Proverbs 26:12

Steven Coughlin
Steven Coughlin
3 months ago

AOC recently visited a restaurant. When the waiter served her gazpacho, she said, “Excuse me. This soup is cold.” The waiter replied, “It’s gazpacho ma’am,” to which AOC replied, “Excuse me Gazpacho, this soup is cold.”

Phil
Phil
3 months ago

I am glad you called her out, you should maile her a copy and then call here to ensure she received it. Evil must be confronted, or it engulfs.

John
John
3 months ago

AOC is a liar and sorry Socialist who is being paid by Soros! She can not walk and chew gum at the same time.

Rich
Rich
3 months ago

AOC, another sick joke of the socialist democrat party. What AOC does not seem to understand is that Jesus was a Jew and came to this earth to establish a new covenant with our heavenly father and to save us from our sins. Our sins deserve death in eternal hell. God is pure and righteous and won’t tolerate sin. Only through the one and only savior will we be saved. AOC needs to stop politicizing everything according to her standards and start reading the word of God.

Lou
Lou
3 months ago

Make AOC bartend again

Roy Stewart
Roy Stewart
3 months ago

AOC knows how to insult people’s intelligence by using her words. She has the morals of a true COMMUNIST. She is the product of her parents who have no morals and no integrity whatsoever.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
3 months ago

Very good article, shows how important it is to have an accurate understanding of history. And the idea that principles are always more important than politics , very appropriate to consider in this story. This writing is appreciated Mr. Rubin.
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Jo-Ann
Jo-Ann
3 months ago

Seems in her own twisted mind she could twist history to suit her own contrived version

CB
CB
3 months ago

What a bafoon!

John Shipway
John Shipway
3 months ago

Surely this sow doesn’t have an unbeatable protection team. Surely someone can remove the awful semi human stain often called AOC from our lives.
I mean, the CIA managed to off a President before thousands and then his patsy in front of dozens of police and sheriff officers.
C’mon someone. Get with the program!!!

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