The notion that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were refugees is false, asserts Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner. Democrats, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently tweeted that baby Jesus was a refugee, have long tried to rewrite this story to suit their immigration agenda. They were citizens of the land, traveling to Bethlehem to pay the empire’s taxes and take part in a census. Still, liberals try to present them as refugees in order to further the narrative that those with a conservative approach to immigration are going against Jesus himself. Ocasio-Cortez is part of a larger effort to twist what really happened in the Bible.
The Christmas story of the birth of Jesus is strongly related to the situation that refugees find themselves in, holds Serene Jones of Time. Mary and Joseph were forced by Cesar Augustus to leave for Bethlehem, even though she was pregnant. Seeking refuge, this family was suffering from its political environment. Drawing parallels with the plight of today’s refugees is therefore appropriate. This story should encourage people to open their hearts and help those in need, not close their doors to the less fortunate. Like the holy family, many modern refugees are under the thumbs of oppressive regimes that force them to leave their homes.