Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If it all happened today

What follows has been reprinted many times. Frankly, I don't know what the origin of it is.  I first got it many years ago from Aaron B. Larson. He never told me where it came from. 

If it all happened today...

Nazareth Carpenter Being Held On Charges Involving Underage Mother

 Bethlehem, Judea - Authorities were today alerted by a concerned  citizen who noticed a family living in a barn. Upon arrival,  Family Protective Service personnel, accompanied by police,  took into  protective care an infant child named Jesus, who had  been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a feeding trough  by his 14-year old mother, Mary of Nazareth.

 During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph, also of  Nazareth, attempted to stop the social workers. Joseph, aided  by several local shepherds and some unidentified foreigners,  tried to forestall  efforts to take the child, but were  restrained by the police.

 Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who allege to be wise men from an eastern country. The INS and Homeland Security  officials are seeking information about these who may be in the  country illegally. A source with the INS states that they had  no passports,  but were in possession of gold and other  possibly illegal substances. They resisted arrest saying that  they had been warned by God to avoid officials in  Jerusalem and to return quickly to their own country. The chemical  substances in their possession will be tested.

 The owner of the barn is also being held for questioning. The manager of Bethlehem Inn faces possible revocation of his license for  violating health and safety regulations by allowing people to  stay in the stable. Civil authorities are also investigating  the zoning violations involved in maintaining livestock in a commercially-zoned district.

The location of the minor child will not be released, and the prospect for a quick resolution to this case is doubtful. Asked about when Jesus would be returned to his mother, a Child Protective  Service spokesperson said, "The father is middle-aged and the  mother  definitely underage. We are checking with officials in  Nazareth to determine what their legal relationship is."

 Joseph has admitted taking Mary from her home in Nazareth because of a census requirement. However, because she was obviously pregnant when they left, investigators are looking into other reasons for their departure. Joseph is being held without bond on  charges of molestation, kidnapping, child endangerment, and  statutory rape.

Mary was taken to the Bethlehem General Hospital where she is being  examined by doctors. Charges may also be filed against her for  endangerment. She will also undergo psychiatric evaluation  because of  her claim that she is a virgin and that the child is from God.

 The director of the psychiatric wing said, "I don't profess to have  the right to tell people what to believe, but when their  beliefs adversely affect the safety and well-being of others,  in this case her child, we must consider her a danger to others. The unidentified drugs at the scene didn't help her case, but I'm confidant that with the proper therapy regiment  we can get her back on her feet."

 A spokesperson for the governor's office said, "Who knows what was  going through their heads? But regardless, their treatment of  the  child was inexcusable, and the involvement of these others frightening. There is much we don't know about this case, but for the sake of the child and the public, you can be assured  that we will pursue this matter to the end."

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