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Thursday, December 13

'Tis the Season?

You might think that the Christmas season, the period leading up to both Catholic/Protestant Christmas (December 25th) and Orthodox Christmas (January 6th) would be characterized as a time of goodwill and generally human behavior.

You might think that.

You'd be wrong.

It seems that back on Wednesday a group of Jewish students were riding a subway train in New York City when one of the other passengers said, "Merry Christmas." Now, being Jewish, one young man said "Happy Hanukah" in response.

Naturally, this aroused some comment; allegedly one of the 10 people who began to berate the Jewish students with anti-Semitic epithets said "Oh, Hanukah. That's the day the Jews killed Jesus." And the fight was on at that point.

The Jewish kids were aided by a bystander. A Christian thing to do, no?

Wrong again. This guy was a Muslim from Bangladesh. One of the students pulled the communications cord and the train stopped so that the police could board. All 10 of the "Christians" were arrested, and face charges in court in February. The NYPD is looking into whether it warrants a hate crime enhancement.

In this day and age, to have a Christian call a Jew "Christ-killer" is Just Plain Wrong (and in this case, off by several months on the calendar). But I consider it indicative of the militant, radical and completely wrong "Christianity" followed by a growing number of the ignorant in our once-great country.

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukah
Happy Kwanzaa
Blessed Solstice.

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