Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spirit of King Herod Lives on in Multicultural America

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spirit of King Herod Lives on in Multicultural America

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When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were 2 years old and under . . .

-Matthew 2:16-17

Not much has changed in 2,000 years. Kings and courts are still trying to wipe out the name and influence of that baby. This has been the kind of year that would have pleased King Herod, who sought to kill the baby because he viewed him as a rival to his throne.

The Postal Service announced that after this Christmas, there would be no more Madonna and Child stamps offered as one of several choices. It also declared there could be no "symbols identified with a particular religion" in post offices, including nativity scenes, crosses and the Star of David.

Furthermore, this modern decree said that employees must curb their speech so as not to utter such forbidden phrases as "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah."

After a deluge of angry calls and letters, a "clarification" was issued, which stated nothing of the kind had been intended. The Madonna stamp would be back, and employees were free to greet patrons in the spirit of whatever season they celebrate.

Evidence of King Herod's continuing influence was found all over the country. In Millcreek, Pa., Ashley Pollack, a fourth-grader, gave two of her classmates lunch boxes she had purchased with her own money. Attached to each was a note saying "God Loves You. In Christ, Ashley Pollack." Ashley's teacher saw the note and told her she must not write or even speak about religion in school.

In St. Louis (a city that no doubt is suspect because it was named after a saint), the principal of Waring School placed one of his students in detention for a week for bowing his head over lunch. Three times Raymond Raines attempted to say a private and voluntary prayer over his lunch in the cafeteria. …

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