Cuba and Christmas
Tim Brown said: Christmas is officially banned in Cuba, Carmen Negrín counters: Christmas has been reinstalled in Cuba since 1997, year of the Pope's visit there.
Tim Brown said: Christmas is officially banned in Cuba, Carmen Negrín countered: Christmas has been reinstalled in Cuba since 1997, year of the Pope's visit there. Tim retorts: Tell that to the 72 dissidents jailed since the Pope's visit or to those denounced to neighborhood bloc committees for celebrating Christmas outside their homes and then socially and politically ostracized, or to those harassed for being openly too religious. But then there are even Western Euirpoean countries such as France where, when I lived there, political correctness dictated that, especially in public, during Christmas secularism must reign supreme. Personally, I don't like it when a single individual has the power both to give and to take away human rights by dictat.
RH: I cannot make any informed comment on this, but there were large public ceremonies honoring the Cuban patroness, the Virgen del Cobre.
Among the Christmas cards received, two have just arrived belatedly from Bienvenido Macario. They are very artistic. One bears a mock press release which appeared some years ago:
HILTON WITHDRAWS FROM PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Stanford, CA: At a crowded press conference, Ronald Hilton announced that he was withdrawing as Mugwump candidate for the presidency of the United States.
The other card shows Bienvenido with his two chilcren, Drake (11) and Gabe (14).
As Rubên Darío said: Juventud, divino tesoro.
I take the opportunity to thank Hank Greely for his contribution to the WAIS survival and development fund.