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  •  Puritanism dies hard (0+ / 0-)

    The objection that Christmas and Easter are essentially pagan was held strongly by the seventeenth century New England Puritans, who made Christmas illegal (even if they invented Thanksgiving to take its place).

    Rick Perry would certainly have been exiled to Rhode Island; consider that even such an upstanding citizen as Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard College, was forced to resign and sent to Duxbury (in the then still separate Plymouth Colony) after it became known that he didn't believe in infant baptism. Puritans didn't hold much with departures from orthodoxy.

    There is, of course, a one in 365 chance that Jesus actually was born on December 25, assuming he ever lived.

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