Skip to comments.The Massacre of the Innocents (The Coventry Carol)
Posted on 12/22/2012 2:11:09 PM PST by SMCC1
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, by by, lully, lullay . . .
The 16th-century Coventry Carol, a mothers lament for her lost son, is the only song of the season about the other children of Christmas the first-born of Bethlehem, slaughtered on Herods Then a century ago the Catholic Encyclopedia started digging into the numbers. The estimated population of Bethlehem at that time was around a thousand, which would put the toll of first-born sons under the age of two murdered by King Herod at approximately 20 or about the same number of dead children as one school shooting on a December morning in Connecticut. Every man a king, promised Huey Long.
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Also, Coventry was sacrificed during WWII. It’s defence would have alerted the Germans to the fact the their code had been broken. The same thing happened in WWI when Scarborough and two other coastal towns were bombarded by German dreadnaughts.
If Steyn has a point, he didn’t do a very good job of making it.
So many innocents have been slaughtered and sacrificed down through history. - Yet, in God’s economy, not a one of them is lost. - The last shall be first; and the first last. - Herod was among the “first” then; I somehow doubt he is “first” now.
On the contrary. This is the first piece about Newton that has truly moved me to tears. Only Steyn's brilliant, bitter writing--without the customary admixture of humor, this time--can evoke the personal and societal disaster this event represents.
The Liberal mindset would have blamed Jesus for being born, as He would have known this outcome, rather than blaming Herod for committing the acts.
When all you have is the life here and now death can have no eternal significance or meaning it is just the end and so liberals are prepared to sacrifice anything to stop death from occurring unless of course you being alive is an inconvenience to them - what a twisted mob.
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