I pass by a Catholic church on my way to work each day, and
usually it’s pretty quiet around there.
Today I was surprised to find the place swarming with parishioners. I hunted around the memory files in my brain,
but could not find an explanation.
December 8? The day after Pearl
Harbor Day. What’s the significance?
Once at my desk, my Outlook calendar informed me that today
is a Christian holiday celebrating the Immaculate Conception.
But wait… if Jesus was conceived on December 8 and born on
December 25, well, that just doesn’t work.
Google to the rescue.
It seems I have misunderstood the phrase “immaculate conception” for as
long as I’ve known it. It refers not to
the hanky-pankyless conception of Jesus (they call that the “miraculous
conception,”) but to the conception of Mary, who was born without sin.
Now I’m wondering, if Mary escaped the “stain of original
sin,” did she also get away without the pain-in-childbirth punishment Eve
allegedly brought down on all of us?
(Thanks a lot, Eve. Next time eat
I’m passing this information on, in case anyone else is
alarmed by unexpected crowds of Catholics.
You learn something every day.
This is the holiday card sent by the White House to over one million close friends of George and Laura Bush.
Evangelical Christians were infuriated by this offensive display of
tact on the part of the President, who can usually be counted on to be
Bush “claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure
doesn’t act like one,” said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative
Web site WorldNetDaily.com. “I threw out my White House card as soon as
I got it.”
The same folks have been busily boycotting
retailers, like Macy’s and Walmart, whose employees fail to say “Merry
Christmas” to their customers. I wonder when the mandatory Merry
Christmas-ing starts, exactly. Right after Thanksgiving?
And, do they cut the store some slack for discretionary M.C.-ing, or
are they required to chant the official message to Hasidic
customers in yarmulkes or to veiled Muslim women?
Does the word “backlash” mean anything to you?