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The Massacre of the Innocents (The Coventry Carol)
National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Steyn

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 mother’s 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 Herod’s 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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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; guncontrol; newtown; sandyhook
"The Newtown killings ought to occasion a little modesty and circumspection." The Coventry Carol... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpiQ4IPzEE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
1 posted on 12/22/2012 2:11:23 PM PST by SMCC1
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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.


2 posted on 12/22/2012 2:15:26 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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If Steyn has a point, he didn’t do a very good job of making it.


3 posted on 12/22/2012 2:28:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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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.


4 posted on 12/22/2012 2:37:39 PM PST by Twinkie (The WICKED walk on every side when EVIL men are exalted. Psalm 12:8)
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Steyn points out that the NRA/Pubbie call for better warning of, and positive action against, future murderous crazies.
I'd go one further and note that any power "the authorities" acquire in regard to Someones possible future antisocial behavior will eventually be turned against any and all who disagree with those authorities.
If you don't think Obama would jump on that for use against his "enemies", or that some future socialist/progressive would hesitate, you haven't been following events.
5 posted on 12/22/2012 2:57:11 PM PST by norton
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If Steyn has a point, he didn’t do a very good job of making it.

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.

6 posted on 12/22/2012 3:03:51 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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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.

Mel


7 posted on 12/22/2012 3:57:30 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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