From: Michael Hardy
To: Marilyn Burge
Date: Feb 5 1996 7:53:00 pm
Subject: CENSUS
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-=> Quoting Marilyn Burge to Dan Ceppa <=-

MH> area, people who had been born in that area were asked to return long
MH> enough to register.

MH> Why is that so hard for you to grasp?

DC> It's pretty easy, Mikey...  Such an edict would be detrimental to
DC> the economy.

DC> Why is that such a hard concept foryou to grasp?

MB> DETRIMENTAL!!!??? It would be DISASTROUS! Don't forget the
MB> innkeepers would have to return to their place of birth, too,
MB> making it impossible for anybody to find shelter during a time of
MB> year when shelter was quite necessary -- especially for the old,
MB> infirm, (and pregnant).

You're assuming, with no basis whatsoever, that vast numbers of people
would have to leave their homes. This was a society when most people
lived and died in their hometowns. Most likely, only a few people would
ever have to make the trip.

MB> Mikey has a hard time giving up his little
MB> mythologies, no matter how outlandish they are. Maybe a college
MB> course in economics would help in this case.

Had two of them, thanks. Passed with B's.

MB> But it would do
MB> little to explain why there was no star that moved across the sky,
MB> pointing directions for the magi.

How do you know? Were you there? Granted, there was not an actual star
in the literal sense. But could an omnipotent God not have created a
point of light -- which people of the time would describe as a star --
and use it as a guide?

... Jesus saves. The rest of us rack up credit card debt.

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