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SANTA FE — Merry Christmas. I hope saying that doesn’t ruin somebody’s day. I realize not all of you are Christians but ours is a diverse society. We should all be willing to appreciate each other’s traditions.
A Jewish congregation down the street places a large menorah on its fence, this time of year, which I always appreciate. Apparently the rest of the neighbors do too because it goes back up every year.
We have a sparkly crescent and star hanging prominently in our house. And we aren’t bothered that to nearly all the world, it is thought of as a symbol of Islam.
To us, it is a reminder of a magical evening, sitting atop the Hotel Conrad on the Asian side of Istanbul, looking across the Bosporus at the European continent and seeing a crescent moon and star above us in almost the exact position as on the Turkish flag.
Actually the crescent and star are not a Muslim symbol. If they were, they couldn’t be on the Turkish flag. The crescent and star were a Turkish symbol long before Islam came into existence.
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