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When we sat down to our annual Christmas lunch our group of old white conservative men were looking care-worn and weary;—they’d voted against gay marriage and won and a year and a half later gays were marrying right here in North Carolina; the newspaper headline on the table was even more discouraging: President Obama had declared ‘Transgenders’ a minority which led Conor the Jessecrat to grumble, Do you reckon back in 1964 even one Congressman who voted for the Civil Rights Act had even heard of a transgender?
Something ephemeral that had made our country our country had ceased to exist and the decline seemed inevitable and irreversible: There was not enough faith left among thegadget obsessed Americans, around us, punching IPhones and Droids to engender redemption – then Eric laid a newspaper story on the table and pointed and said:
‘Merry Christmas.’
According to the Washington Post the very liberal folks at the PEW Research Center had taken a Christmas Poll. They found:
Three out of four (or 73%) of our sodden, wealth-obsessed, vice-loving countrymen believe – literally – that the baby Jesus was born to a virgin.
There was more.
74% of our fellow Americans believe an angel – literally – appeared to the shepherds in the fields of Judea to announce the child’s birth.
And 75% of our countrymen believe – literally – that wise men, guided by a star, brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the child in the manger.
Devilment may be afoot but we live in a country that believes in angels, guiding stars, and the Virgin Birth – so there’s plenty of faith left to see us through. Happy Christmas.



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