By John O'Neill
One of these Christmases I fully expect the muslims to issue a defense of the 1st century arab, the late, great, Herod.
They would make some outrageous claim that all he intended to do was to worship the child born in Bethlehem and that he'd been misunderstood and maligned for two millennia. The liberals and atheists would applaud and, to the accusation of infanticide, our politicians would assure us that the killers were evidently "lone wolves", acting outside of Herod's authority, and to suggest otherwise is racist....or something.
The muslims would not have to seek far afield to find their own reason for the flight of the Holy Family: the nefarious Joos, this time in collusion with the Romans.
It is not far-fetched to say that, were Herod alive today, he would qualify for a hefty handout from the western nations to help the dear man build schools and hospitals.
Something just as absurd as this scenario is being suggested today, in David's (note that) City of Bethlehem.