So the left-wing socialist darling has been busy tweeting messages that apparently are intended to equate illegal aliens attempting to break into the country with the Baby Jesus…
Democratic Socialist and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wished a Merry Christmas to “refugee babies in mangers,” drawing a parallel between the plight of refugees to the Nativity story.
“Joy to the World!” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez on Christmas morning. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)” (Full Article)
This is a total non-starter.
Perhaps if Ocrazio would try actually reading the Bible concerning the birth of Christ, she would refrain from making such baseless comparisons.
From Luke 2 (NKJV):
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
It should be quite evident that Joseph and Mary were not “refugees”. They certainly weren’t trying to break into another country, and in fact were following the law that existed at that time, in that they were required by Augustus Caesar to register for a census for the Roman Empire, by going into their own city.
Even the fact that Jesus was born in a manger in no way makes him a “refugee”. There was simply no room (no vacancy, in other words) at the inn, and there was no Motel 6 back then as an alternative source of lodging.
To try to compare the birth of Christ with hordes of illegal immigrants trying to storm our border is not simply factually incorrect, it is insulting to all who call Jesus Christ their savior.
My advice to Ocrazio is the next time she feels tempted to score political points using biblical comparisons – don’t – at least not without actually cracking open a Bible and reading it.
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