This is the second year of the tradition I started last December when I followed the lead of Steven Feinstein in declaring a unilateral truce in the battle with the birthers, for Christmas day 2013.
I was composing a seasonal article in my head driving home from our annual Christmas eve candle light worship service, but my thoughts turned out to be almost identical to the Christmas meditation that I wrote in 2011, which I don’t think I can improve on.
I am reminded of a bit of humor from a long-ago candle light service when the pastor explained the safe technique for one person lighting their candle from another’s and passing it on. The pastor quipped, “I’m sure some of you have been burned by someone trying to share their light.”
Much death and destruction has resulted from conflicts over different versions of the truth, whether it be religion, or economic theory, or just who is entitled to lead. I am thankful that the implacable differences between birthers and anti-birthers have largely been limited to shouting matches on the Internet where one can safely declare a unilateral truce. And in passing, I wish to note the kind Christmas greeting I received from David Farrar at the OC Weekly web site this evening.