Dianny’s Annual Christmas Post

Dianny’s Annual Christmas Post

It’s Christmas eve, so it’s time for Dianny’s annual Christmas post.

Funny thing is, last night, as I was coughing and sneezing from this damn cold that’s been dogging me for two weeks, I thought to myself, “Oh, crapola! I forgot I need to do my annual Christmas post!”

I considered setting up a reminder on my iPhone to make sure I didn’t forget but changed my mind. I’ve been doing this annual Christmas post since 2014, and if I’ve learned anything over the last seven years, it’s that some news outlet will post something that will serve as my reminder.

And like clockwork, my reminder arrived just minutes ago courtesy of a tweet from Politico Europe:

2021 Annual Christmas Post reminder

“A son of refugees.” Oy, vey.

This happens every year at Christmastime. We’re subjected to stupid “think-pieces” using the birth of Jesus as a catspaw for some Leftist cause or another. Though I have to say, this is the first Christmas “think-piece” to feature a picture of a bloody crown of thorns. Great work confusing Christmas with Easter, Politico!

But I’m sure it isn’t the only “think-piece” out there. They run them by the dozens:

Joseph and Mary were homeless.

Joseph and Mary were illegal immigrants seeking a better life in Bethlehem.

Jesus, Joseph, and Mary were “refugees.”

Joseph and Mary were stuck in a stable because the poor are always mistreated by the privileged.

And on and on they go.

I won’t be a bit surprised if there was a “Jesus, Joseph and Mary would’ve gotten the vaccine” article rattling around out there.

It is because they do this every year that I decided to turn this 2014 column in my annual Christmas post.

So enjoy …

Big Government: Inconveniencing Families for 2000 Years – December 10, 2014

During a town hall in Nashville, Barack Obama once again proved to the world that he knows absolutely nothing about the Bible (hat tip Breitbart). You see, Joseph and Mary, according to this noted theologian, were homeless wanderers forced to hole up in a stable.

If you have been a regular reader of mine, this particular theme will sound familiar because I touched on it last Christmas.

You know. The last time Barack Obama, Biblical Scholar declared that Mary and Joseph were illegal aliens who had no home in Bethlehem and had to live in the shadows of a stable.

Now, I’m probably not as knowledgeable a Biblical Scholar as Barack Obama.

You see, I only hold a measly Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies.

However, permit me to provide Barack with some, oh, what’s the word, context.

Rome was a micromanaging, Big Government that loved to stick its nose into the lives of the people who lived under its rule.

Sound familiar?

Okay.

Moving on.

During the time of Caesar Augustus, when Quirinius was the Governor of Syria, Rome decreed that a census be performed. Now, the Roman Postal Service didn’t mail everyone a seventeen-page form to find out how many people lived in your home, do you have health insurance, how many are gay, or what color your skin is.

Instead, they forced everyone to return to the city of their birth where they would be registered for the census.

So, if you lived in Nazareth, but were born in Bethlehem, you had to pack up your family and set out for Bethlehem to be counted in the Big Government Census.

Joseph, being from the House of David, was from Bethlehem.

So, even though his wife Mary was exceedingly pregnant, they had to pack a bag and make the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be in compliance with the Roman census decree.

I’m sure some pencil-pushing hag named Loisius Lernerus was sitting in her office in Rome making sure that the Jews were super-inconvenienced by this census.

But that’s just conjecture on my part and in no way substantiated in the Bible.

Joseph and Mary were not relocating to Bethlehem.

Joseph and Mary were not sneaking into Bethlehem illegally so that Joseph could become an olive-picker in the fields while Mary made beds in Bethlehem’s only inn.

They were mandated by the Roman Government to haul their fannies to their city of birth in order to comply with a governmental decree.

And they weren’t the only ones having to do it.

Everyone who was born in Bethlehem, along with their families, was also making the trip.

Now, Bethlehem wasn’t Miami or Las Vegas. It wasn’t known for all of its ample tourist accommodations.

As a result, there was precious little room for all these people mandated by a government decree to return to Bethlehem and be counted in a Big Government Census.

Since accommodations were limited, and Joseph had himself an enormously pregnant wife, they found a place protected from the elements and slept there.

It happened to be a stable.

You see. Joseph and Mary were not illegal aliens.  They were not migrants or refugees.

They were complying with a Big Government mandate.

If you want to take something away from the Christmas story about the circumstances that brought them to the stable, it should be: Big Government: Inconveniencing Families for 2000 Years

Let’s face it. Had Rome not decreed this census be taken in the manner it was, Joseph and Mary would have welcomed their baby to the world from the comfort of their own home in Nazareth.

Obama wants to use the Christmas story as a lesson. Sadly, as is usually the case with Obama, he failed to get the right lesson.

They were not homeless people, but citizens inconvenienced by a government mandate.

They were not illegal aliens, but citizens forced to take a trip at a difficult time to comply with a government mandate.

But, don’t be too hard on Obama.

If I had attended a church where the minister told his congregation that “G*d-Damn America” is in the Bible, I probably would be a little confused as well.

Of course, Obama also claimed in this same town hall that the Bible says, “Don’t throw stones in glass houses.”

Ah, yes. If I’m not mistaken, Solomon installed plenty of double-pane, energy-efficient windows when he built the Temple in Jerusalem. They went nicely with the solar panels on the roof. Turns out the reason Solomon was so wise was because he was Green Compliant.

The problem with trying to convince Christians to support Amnesty by misquoting the Bible is most of them probably know the Bible better than you do. They know that the Bible doesn’t say anything about glass houses since, well, you know, glass houses didn’t exist. And they know that Mary and Joseph were not homeless, illegal refugees who jumped the border into Bethlehem so they could get the Roman equivalent of Food Stamps.

Jesus isn’t a cat’s paw for you to pull out and utilize to promote your political agenda.

Truth is, Jesus wasn’t ever very keen on people abusing the religion of his “folks.”

Those who tried to profit from pilgrims by setting up booths within the Temple were promptly, and might I add, violently expelled by Jesus.

Stick to your strengths, Barack.

Quote the Koran.

Quote Rules for Radicals.

Quote the Communist Manifesto.

Jesus isn’t a political bludgeon. So, please. Leave the Bible alone.

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Well, there you go!

Speaking of the “Jesus was a refugee” talking point, permit me to direct you to a second column I wrote in 2015 discussing that very claim: “Jesus In Egypt.”

And to you and yours, a very Merry Christmas from Dianny and PatriotRetort.com!

Make sure you don’t miss my other annual tradition, “Dianny’s Ten Most Tiresome People of 2021” coming next week.

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5 thoughts on “Dianny’s Annual Christmas Post

  • December 24, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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    Merry Christmas and thanks Dianny…

  • December 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm
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    As I say every year, the innkeeper got a bad rep. Not his fault Joseph forgot to check TripAdvisor.com!

    I read relatively recently that it was not uncommon for travelers to sleep in the stables with their camel (or whatever). Sort-of like a cowboy sleeping in the hayloft – cheaper than a room, and you get to guard your valuable animal. Not that it was optimal for the pregnant lady, but considering the crowds, they were likely happy to find any shelter.

    And speaking of crowds, the stables would not have been a medieval Euro-style thatched-roof barn ‘way out in the middle of nowhere like the creche scene I grew up with, but a cave carved out of the sandstone, close by the inn, like a parking lot to a hotel today. Chances are good that poor, lonely mom-to-be actually had a bunch of women pitch in when she went into labor, because, you know, women. (You have to read between the Gospel lines, but it’s there, more than anything Obama said, anyhoot.)

    Merry Christmas, Dianny. Thanks for all your work, and may it be a great new year for you & Patriot Retort!

  • December 24, 2021 at 9:16 pm
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    Merry Christmas Dianny!

  • December 25, 2021 at 6:17 am
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    Biblical scholar Barry Obama, AKA Chicago Jesus, got his Biblical knowledge by being devoted to the teachings of devout christian J. Wright. How can you possibly question the veracity of his truth according to Islam?

  • December 25, 2021 at 11:30 am
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    Thanks for the reminder and Merry Christmas!! You bring joy to so many by exposing the hypocrisy of the loonies.

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