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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Isn't this what Christmas is all about?

“Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.”
Rep. Robin Hayes, R-NC.

I think at this point it's safe to say most of the world knows about the birth of the Savior. Clearly this brings up the image of the Crusades, which actually weren't concerned with converting the infidel, just with controlling property (land=power in the Middle Ages). The irony of spreading "the message of peace on earth, good will towards men (and women? and children?)" by military force seems to be completely lost here, as well.

I suppose we need to know what the lunatic fringe is up to at all times. Peace on earth and goodwill towards all is the best message. But if you can't show it, why do you expect people to believe it if you just say it?


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