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Mary and Joseph Were Not Refugees

16 Dec

Making Joseph and Mary into representatives of modern refugees violates history, minimizes the suffering of the present, and misrepresents the suffering of the past.  #AnachronismIsNeverTruth

It might make you feel better to think that Joseph and Mary should have been treated better and that, concomitantly, so should modern refugees.  But you violate truth by misrepresentation.

Of course refugees should be treated better, humanely.  But turning ancient travelers into refugees accomplishes absolutely NOTHING.

 
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Posted by on 16 Dec 2015 in Modern Culture

 

3 responses to “Mary and Joseph Were Not Refugees

  1. Gavin

    16 Dec 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Er, what then do you make of the flight into Egypt?

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    • Jim

      16 Dec 2015 at 10:25 pm

      What matthew does- merely as a means by which to get jesus out of egypt to fulfill an idiosyncratic reading of hosea. To get him out you have to get him in. Matthew does that by sending a dream to joseph.

      Abraham was told to leave ur. Does that make him a refugee too? Does everyone who goes from one place to another earn the title of refugee?

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      • Bob Schilaci

        16 Dec 2015 at 11:53 pm

        Helps if someone is shooting at them, no?

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