Ah, the holiday season. It's that time of year when the liberal media loves to use Jesus and the Virgin Mary to push liberal talking points if not outright push the envelope. So while NPR is busy promoting a new novel that presents the Virgin Mary as a skeptic who believes her son Jesus was a fraud, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry went a safer but equally trite route, using the story of Jesus's nativity to erroneously lecture viewers that Jesus was the son of a single mother and that, as such, we should celebrate all kinds of families, not just the "1950s Leave It to Beaver"- style nuclear ones.
From her November 24 program (see video below):
Yes, there are families that consist of one man and one woman who are happily married to each other, who have never been married to anyone else, and who are rearing only their biological children, born without any reproductive technology and born after the two adults were legally married. Yup, that's a great kind of family!
But there are many, many other fantastically loving, wonderful, creative, fulfilling and healthy ways to make family.
Even Jesus was born to an unwed mom and raised by a doting stepfather. Listen, these days our film and television culture is finally keeping up with the variety that is family.
Actually, no, according to the Bible, Mary and Joseph were wed at the time of Jesus's birth:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25 ESV)
Other liberals have glommed onto the Nativity to argue that Jesus was born to a homeless couple or that Jesus was the quintessential illegal immigrant.
Those on the Left love to lambaste conservative Christians as theocrats at worst or deluded religious freaks at best, and yet it is the Left who are doggedly determined to fashion Jesus Christ into an idol of their making, an avatar to advance a liberal agenda.
To say the least, it's a rather tacky Christmas gift to give TV viewing audiences.