BY ROBERT SPENCER

It might appear to be bizarre that Ayatollah Khatami would call upon Christians to detest and wish passing on individuals, yet not from his viewpoint. He is stating this based on the Islamic standard of al-wala wal-baraa, “faithfulness and denial,” which implies cherishing what Allah adores and despising what he detests. America, he accepts, is the foe of Allah, thus adherents should despise it and wish it to kick the bucket.

“Tehran Friday Sermon by Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: Christians Should Honor Jesus, Chant ‘Demise to America,'” MEMRI, December 28, 2018:

Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who is an individual from the Iranian Assembly of Experts, said amid a December 28, 2018 Friday message that circulated on Channel 1 TV (Iran) that he sends occasion favors to the Christians all through the world. He said that some pompous pioneers, for example, U.S. President Donald Trump, bring disgrace upon Jesus by thinking about themselves Christians, and he urged Christians to respect Christ and deny the U.S. by reciting: “Passing to America.” He asserted that if Jesus were alive today, he would be the first to express his disturb with the criminal chiefs who are a “disfavor to Christianity.”

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: I send my gifts to the Christians all through the world, and I state to them: ensure the respect of Christ. Lamentably, the pompous pioneers who think about themselves Christians – and Trump says he hasn’t prepared anything other than the New Testament for his entire life – bring disfavor upon this incredible prophet [Jesus]. [The Christians say:] Tell us what to do. [The Christians should] deny America in a boisterous voice, and, similar to the [Iranian] individuals, they should state: “Demise to America!”

Group: Death to America! Passing to America!

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: Without an uncertainty, if Jesus were among us, he would be the first to deny and express disturb with these culprits who are a disfavor to Christianity.

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