Islamophobic conspiracy theorists have long warned that Muslims are
secretly "infiltrating" American society as part of a plan to slowly
transform the U.S. into an Islamic Caliphate, a wild-eyed plot they call
But what if the creeping sharia folks had paranoid counterparts in the
Middle East--conspiracy theorists who presumably believe that stealth
Christians are gradually annexing the Persian Gulf on behalf of the
Pope? That theory--call it "creeping salvation"--could have just gotten a big boost, if it existed. A state-owned luxury hotel
in United Arab Emirate capital Abu Dhabi, where Islam is the official
state religion, has just completed the world's most expensive Christmas tree
, "valued at more than $11m." The details:
The 13-metre fake evergreen tree is located in the hotel’s
lobby, and is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments
and small white lights.
However, the record value of the tree is due to the necklaces, earings and other jewellery draped over its branches.
Hotel General Manager Hans Olbertz played down the opulence, telling reporters that "the tree itself" was only $10,000.
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