With All of the Hubris and Chutzpah of Antiochus…

“Here, let me help you light those candles”

I do not like the president. I’m sure he acts in what he views as the best interests of the most people, but he’s wrong, and he’s dismantling the very basis of our country: the first amendment, by forcing Catholics to violate their consciences in order to be in business.

But that’s all old news.  Here’s the new news, and it comes with a couple of punchlines.

First, President Obama has wished the Jewish members of our nation a happy Hanukkah.  All fine and well.  But here’s what he said in his address to them:

This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression. Upon discovering the desecration of their Temple, the believers found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night. And yet it lasted for eight.

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better, more complete world for all.

From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.

What Obama fails to realize is that he is Antiochus, forcing desecration upon believers, in a manner every bit as bad as putting up idols in the temple.  In fact, what he is doing is the equivalent of forcing someone — a conscientious objector no less — to press the button on the gas chambers in Dachau.  Let us not forget that the pill and all chemical contraceptives CAN and DO work as abortifacients.

But it gets funnier.  Gawker has pointed out that Obama is running his own little festive miracle:

President Obama has just released his yearly statement to proclaim his love of Hanukkah and it does sound a bit familiar. Much like the fabled oil that managed to burn for an impossible eight days, it seems that Obama’s press team has made the 2009 White House Hanukkah statement last for four long years.

It’s a miracle that shall now be called Obamannukah.


Catholics and Hanukkah

But here’s the neat thing.  Hanukkah is a very Catholic holiday.  I’ll dedicate an entire post to this later, but in short: Hannukkah is based in part upon the stories that comprise 1st and 2nd Maccabees, books which are found in the Catholic canon of the scriptures (the list of books that belong in scripture), but not in the Jewish canon as it was settled at the end of the first century AD (after the church existed).  Nor are they in the canon of our Protestant brothers and sisters, who follow the decision of Luther to remove the seven books (the “deuterocanonicals”, or the “second canon”), even though these were quoted by the apostles, quoted by folks like the Sadducees against Jesus, and have been included in every single canon the church has given, from 382 in Rome through Vatican II.  Jerome accepted them.  Gutenberg’s bible contained them.

Thus, this is a very Catholic holiday, especially in these days when Caesar wishes to assert his power over the Church.  So, break out the latkas and the dreidels!

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