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Gold, Frankincense, and Bigotry?

January 6, 2011, 4:33 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

anchor baby jesus.jpgToday, many Western Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, principally known for the visitation of the three kings with the infant Jesus.

Right on cue, this week’s news includes prominent stories from two more Kings, though the gifts they bring are radically different.

First, the New York Times admonished Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) intention to hold hearings on “radicalization in the Muslim community,” criticism King did not take kindly. (More on that in John’s blog from earlier today.)

Now comes Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) announcement that he will be introducing legislation to end the constitutionally guaranteed principle of birthright citizenship. His “anchor baby” demagoguery is particularly ironic during the Christmas season.

As Pastor George explains, Jesus himself was born in these very circumstances:

It occurs to me that Mary could be accused of this same alleged practice. After all, she was a single mother (“engaged” but never married) from Nazareth who travels to Bethlehem to register herself and her baby as citizens of Rome. Emperor Augustus’ purpose in conducting this census was to make sure that everyone paid their taxes. But it is also true that by registering in this way, Mary claimed all the rights and benefits of citizenship for herself and her child.

On this holiday, the Reps. King would be well served by emulating their wiser predecessors instead of bigoted extremists.

Photo credit to cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and Cagle Cartoons.

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