AT THIS time of year, the Christian church has traditionally “celebrated” (if that is the right word) the Slaughter of the Innocents, remembering a time when a political leader with religious connections arranged for the sacrifice of a bunch of kids in Bethlehem because he feared that one of them might undermine his power.
I think the politician’s name was Herod.
Has anything changed? In the words of a certain Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” which no doubt explains our government’s efforts to prevent the passage of a bill that would have forced the release of the children held on Nauru. — John Tyman, Murwillumbah