Tuesday, December 07, 2004

You ain't no Maccabee, George

George and Laura are wishing all of us a happy Chanukah:
I send greetings to all those celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights.

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The miracle of this enduring light, remembered through the lighting of the Menorah, continues to symbolize the triumph of faith over tyranny.

The bravery of the Maccabees has provided inspiration through the ages. We must remain steadfast and courageous as we seek to spread peace and freedom throughout the world. This holiday season, we give thanks to God, and we remember the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. We also pray that all who live under oppression will see their day of freedom and that the light of faith will always shine through the darkness.

I am no longer a practicing Jew, but I need to say that I find this so offensive. Please don't press my cultural traditions into service for your war. The US Army are not playing the part of the Maccabees; Saddam Hussein's reign had nothing to do with Hellenization. Don't Christians have enough of their own myths about God's power to help righteous people? Please leave ours alone.
Yours the message cheering
That the time is nearing
Which will see all men free
Tyrants disappearing

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