The imam of the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney issued a fatwa instructing faithful Muslims not to have anything to do with Christmas celebrations. The same message was posted on the mosque’s Facebook page. After a public outcry, the message was removed, and the Lebanese Muslim Association said the fatwa was not valid, and had been posted in error. Later on, in a conciliatory gesture, the LMA arrange to have a skywriter spell out “Merry Xmas” in the sky over the mosque.
In other news, a German economic think tank predicts that the unemployment rate in Greece will reach 30% by 2014.
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