The Fulford File, by James Fulford


A Merry Christmas From All Of Us At
VDARE.COM!

In honor of Christmas, 2006, here is a roundup of
samples from previous VDARE.COM Christmases.

James Fulford, 2005 (and G. K. Chesterton)

The Shop of Ghosts


Fulford
: "Did I ever tell you readers how I got
this job? No? Well gather round, and I`ll tell you."


GKC
:


“Nearly all the best
and most precious things in the universe you can get for
a halfpenny. I make an exception, of course, of the sun,
the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms, and
such trifles. You can get them for nothing.”


Chilton Williamson
, Christmas Meditation 2001:

St Augustine and the National Question
,


“This Christmas Eve, I
will be attending mass at my parish church,

St. Laurence O`Toole
in Laramie, Wyoming.”


“Our parish is one of
those big enough to sustain Perpetual, round-the-clock,

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
a practice
encouraged in the Roman Catholic Church, believing as we
do in the True Presence of Christ in the consecrated
communion host.  I generally visit on Friday mornings,
between nine and ten. Remembering

St. Theresa of Avila
, who was

unable to pray
for sixteen years without a book in
her hand, I make a habit of bringing something to read.
For the past year it`s been Augustine of Hippo`s

City of God
.

Read the

whole thing
to see what St. Augustine had to say
about the

National Question
. (This article sold an amazing
number of copies of

City of God
through the very secular agency
of Amazon.com).


John Zmirak
, Christmas Meditation 2002:

Christ, The "Other", And Counterfeit Citizens
,
on
why "prudent control of this and any nation`s
borders…is actually commanded in the Gospel"


“Christmas marks the
birth of a universal religion, which reaches across all
racial and cultural boundaries, which transformed a
noble tribal creed into a cosmopolitan Faith. Again and
again, in inspired Scripture, Jesus commands compassion
for the poor, mercy for sinners, and

self-sacrifice on behalf of strangers
—even enemies.
He conditions eternal salvation upon one`s kindliness
towards the hungry, the naked, the sick—the

“least of my brothers.”


“Perhaps His birthday
is not the best time of year to discuss border control.
One risks being cast as

Ebenezer Scrooge
, accused of consigning needy aliens
to “prisons and workhouses” with a heartless chuckle.


“In Europe, the
argument`s a little easier to make, as the influx of
highly fertile Moslems threatens to fill the emptying
cradle of Western Civilization.

Dissipated Dutchmen
and

Italian cardinals
alike can see the danger to
Europe`s identity and liberty.

As John Vinson has documented,
in Immigration And
Nation: A Biblical View
, the Old Testament is
replete with commands to the Israelites to preserve
their land and faith from invasion or corruption by
alien peoples and creeds. (Exodus does command us to
“not to vex the stranger” (22:21).
But if you look three lines up, it also says, “You

shall not suffer a witch to live”
(22:18). Churchmen
have lit a number of fires over the centuries by
applying such statements literally.)”


John Zmirak
:

Christmas Meditation 2003: This Royal Night


“It`s common in

certain circles
nowadays to compare the Holy
Family`s

flight into Egypt
, or their search for a “room at
the inn,” to the plight of

illegal immigrants.
Bunk (as usual). These were no
economic refugees, slipping across a border in search of

higher carpentry wages
. Joseph and Mary were
law-abiding and obedient—to Caesar, who ordered them to
Bethlehem for a census, and to God, who commanded they
flee the tyrant Herod.”


John Zmirak
:

The Virgin on the Border: A Christmas Meditation

(2005)


“As I sit at my desk,
on my right, I see a ten-foot banner of His mother, the
image of

Our Lady of Guadalupe
. This might surprise some
readers, since this icon is often invoked by Mexican
nationalists. Indeed, the

Catholic bishops
of Arizona just chose her feast day
(December 12) to issue their latest call for amnesty and
leaky borders. [PDF]


“But

Our Lady of Guadalupe
does not belong to the
militants of MeCha. She is the patron saint of all
the Americas, watching over suburban Slavs and
converted WASPs alike. Her appearance won millions of
souls from a

cannibalistic cult
to the worship of Christ.
Mexicans would not heed the

Spanish missionaries
, or the white-faced icons
they`d hung, until the Virgin Mary herself appeared,
seizing for her own use

Tepeyac Hill
, once the temple of the Aztec
snake-goddess, looking like an Indian and wearing native
Aztec dress.


Christianity
is universal
—but it accepts and works

through
the particular: the

baby
in the crib, the family, the

nation
.


“So the paradox
repeats itself: The son of a most particular people, the
Jews, brings

salvation to all the nations.
The Jews are still the
people of the Promise, and will endure until the
end—similarly, tension will ever persist between the
global and the local, between the human race in
general and

our own kin in particular
.”

Merry Christmas to all—and to all a good night.