As the troops return from Iraq, Rev. Jim Rigby, human rights activist and pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, reflects on the Christmas message and a “reframed” Christmas story that he wrote for a local newspaper during the “drumbeat” leading toward the Iraq War. In that article, which was rejected for its politics, three Iraqi wise men were arrested for suspicion of terrorism, and also implicated were two Palestinians named Joseph and Mary. Rev. Rigby suggests we should stop the “frenzy of Christmas long enough to hear the song the angels sang to the wretched of the earth.”

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