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I am not a Christian, but for me the message of shared prosperity, peace, brotherhood and sisterhood articulated by the rebel of Galilee still resonates through the ages, in resolute contradiction to the spirit of our present age in which so-called “leaders” contemplate carpet bombing, walls on the border, and contempt for the poor.

This spirit  of reconciliation and shared bounty is best symbolized by the Christmas feast that conjures hope that regardless of the miles, walls, or mental boundaries that separate us, “good will toward men (and women)” will win out.

This lament by Chrissie Hynde is for all the lost souls whose Christmas star is only a faint glow on the horizon

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