There’s still something ineffably irritating about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
, even if we’re not allowed to call for her to be stoned.
We mark the birth of a baby in the desert, sent by God to an impecunious and dispossessed couple, wanderers seeking refuge and finding it in a stable.
Impecunious and dispossessed eh? It’s Christmas, so lets go back to the text
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
Rather than being impoverished and homeless, Joseph and Mary were the victims of Big Government.