Monthly Archives: December 2004

Osama-Sunni Boycott

I was reading Captain Ed’s post Osama Demands Boycott, Sunnis Respond. Coincidence? The Captain has a quote from the Washington Post stating (emphasis mine):

The largest political party representing Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority announced Monday that it would drop out of the Jan. 30 election, dealing a fresh blow to the vote’s credibility on the same day the top Shiite Muslim candidate survived a car bombing.

If the Sunnis actually do boycott the elections and pull any of their candidates, they only disenfranchise themselves and can blame no one but themselves when they don’t have a voice in the new government. They are not dealing a blow to the vote’s credibility, they are dealing a blow to their own credibility.

The MSM is at it again. Instead of criticizing the Sunnis (and Osama) for calling for a delay and/or boycott of the election, they are criticizing the Iraqis for wanting the election to go on as planned and calling those results into question a month before the election even happens.

They seem to think that turnout will determine the credibility of the election. It won’t. If only 20 percent of the people come out to vote, those 20 percent will determine the winners for the whole country.

I am under the impression that if the Sunnis refuse to participate, after the election is over, they will insist on the new government giving them a voice, the voice that they deliberately gave up by not participating.

The Captain ends his post with this graf, and I agree:

To get there, we have to have elections, and we have to make Iraqis confident in their existence. Delaying elections only feeds the conspiracy theorists and fatalists who refuse to believe in democracy and the rule of law. Regardless of Sunni participation, the elections must proceed.

Christmas Morning

Well it’s Christmas Morning. The few presents under the tree this year were opened. Children’s faces were lit with Joy. “It’s just what I always wanted”, said the four year old of his Buzz Lightyear spaceship, Buzz, Woody, Alien and Zorg. “My very own Chess set, I really wanted one!”, said the ten year old. The fourteen year old with a developmental delay was very happy that her new dolly had a bottle, so she could feed her.

The snow is gently falling, large, dry flakes, to finally cover the grass.

Today is the birthday of the Christ Child. First and foremost this is what we celebrate this day.

Merry Christmas one and all!

Merry Christmas

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord – Luke 2:11

Update on Uncle David

Uncle David’s surgery has been rescheduled to January 4th. He will be coming home today to spend Christmas and New Year’s with the family.

Prayers for my Uncle David

Prayers would be appreciated for my Uncle David. He’s been at Mayo for the past two weeks and they have found some cancer on his pancreas. He has been previously diagnosed with pancreatitis, which was why he is there. They plan to do surgery on Thursday.

Thank you.

Faith in Faith – Updated

I wonder if the people that have such a problem with religion in the public square just don’t have enough faith in their own faith or non-faith. Are they afraid that a creche will suddenly convert them? That a wish of “Merry Christmas” will turn them into a Christian against their will? That a wish of “Happy Channukah” will convert them to Judaism?

I have enough faith in my faith that I am not offended by any other expression of any other faith.

As a child, we all sang Christmas songs and Channukah songs in the weeks before Christmas Break.

Update: It seems Charles Krauthammer feels the same way.

Some Americans get angry at parents who want to ban carols because they tremble that their kids might feel “different” and “uncomfortable” should they, God forbid, hear Christian music sung at their school. I feel pity. What kind of fragile religious identity have they bequeathed their children that it should be threatened by exposure to carols?

I’m struck by the fact that you almost never find Orthodox Jews complaining about a Christmas creche in the public square. That is because their children, steeped in the richness of their own religious tradition, know who they are and are not threatened by Christians celebrating their religion in public. They are enlarged by it.

It is the more deracinated members of religious minorities, brought up largely ignorant of their own traditions, whose religious identity is so tenuous that they feel the need to be constantly on guard against displays of other religions — and who think the solution to their predicament is to prevent the other guy from displaying his religion, rather than learning a bit about their own.

4-year-olds

My four year old noticed the Nativity set tonight. He went over to it and said, “Mommy, who are these people?” Right at that point he had his finger on the Baby Jesus figure. I said, “That’s the Baby Jesus.” He said, very seriously, “He’s the Son of God.”

He is learning.

Favorite Hymn – O Holy Night

This is my absolute favorite Christmas Hymn

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

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