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The First Task at Christmas on “Culture of Protest” (Thursday, December 20)

Of his next broadcast, host Richard Flacks writes: “Speaking at Newtown CT, President Obama said:

This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.

And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.’

Christmas is to celebrate the birth of the baby, Jesus. The Christmas myth– the prince of peace was shamefully treated at his birth, but the baby embodied the prince. This Christmas: funerals for 20 little children, brutally killed. The president sees that a society is judged by how it cares for its children.

The songs for our annual Christmas ‘Culture of Protest’ will reflect this spirit–traditional songs and contemporary ones to help us reflect on the meanings and stark contradictions of the season.”

“Culture of Protest” airs on Thursdays in the fall from 6-7pm.