Islamic radicals long have banned anything Christian, and this year their targets include … Santa Claus.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, which calls itself the leading news source for Turkey, a community leader has posted a banner making it clear Santa Claus is unwelcome.

“As in recent years, Santa Claus will not be coming to Sirinevler (a neighborhood), since he is nothing to do with our traditions and our culture,” muhtar Galip Karayiğit said in the report. “[Turk legend character] Dede Korkut will come to our houses again, and will teach our children that they did not come into this world for pleasure, that they came to distribute justice.”

The report said a Muslim youth group had launched another anti-Santa campaign.

The Daily News said, “The Istanbul University branch of a group called Anatolia Youth Association (AGD) released an illustration of a Muslim youth punching Santa Claus in the face and announced that it would make a press statement against Christmas on Dec. 26 in Istanbul.”

The report said the youth group blasted Christmas because it is not Muslim and said even New Year’s celebrations are wrong because they are “mixed” and “united” with Christmas.

Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam who posts at JihadWatch, said the Islamic supremacists own understanding of Santa Claus isn’t exactly right.

“The real Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, which is in present-day Turkey. So it is not precisely true to say, as an Islamic supremacist spokesman says in this story, that Santa Claus has ‘nothing to do with our traditions and our culture.'”

He continues: “But of course, that is all so much Jahiliyya: worthless refuse of the ‘pre-Islamic period of ignorance.'”

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