December 23, 2018

Songs of Joy, not Submissive Silence

Singing does amazing things to the human spirit.  It's powerful; sometimes it's downright dangerous.  One December, late in the 1980s, near the end of it's rule, the white government in Pretoria, South Africa banned the lighting of candles AND . . . the singing of Christmas carols in the township of Soweto.

When asked, “Why?” by a member of the press, the government spokesperson said,  "You know how emotional black women are.  Christmas carols have an emotional effect upon them."  Geez, you let a poor Jewish peasant woman like Mary, or a black mother in Soweto sing -- well,  you don't where it might lead. They were right.  They proved the moral bankruptcy of their rule by saying it, but they were right.