(CNSNews.com) - Flouting the political correctness of many Western leaders this Christmas season, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a message for Christians: "Merry Christmas."
The Iranian FARS News Agency reported that on Dec. 25 Ahmadinejad “wished Christians around the world a Merry Christmas.”
According to FARS, the Iranian leader “referred to Jesus Christ (Peace be Upon Him) as the messenger of justice, peace and kindness.”
Ahmadinejad further “wished happiness, health and success for all Christians around the globe, and expressed the hope that the whole world would witness administration of justice through solidarity of all divine religions,” according to the semi-official news agency.
In Islam, Jesus is considered a “prophet” who was sent to the Jews, but Christ is not considered to be divine, nor is Christianity considered a divine religion.
Ahmadinejad’s expressed “solidarity of all divine religions” also does not appear to include Judaism or extend to the Jewish state of Israel.
On Aug 17, Ahmadinejad called for an end to Israel.
In a speech in Tehran marking the annual Iran Quds Day protest against Israel's existence, he said: “The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if the Zionists remain on one span (more like inch) of the Land of Palestine is dangerous, because they will come to have a legal and official government.
“A new Middle East will definitely take shape, but with the grace of God and the help of the nations in this new Middle East, there will be no American or Zionist presence in it.”