Last Add: St. Nicholas

The actual Santa. What an incredible life he led.

Inquiring minds were supposed to get this very good article by National Review’s Mark Krikorian two days ago in honor of St. Nicholas Day.

This pithy retort to Turkey drew approving snickers from many:

While St. Nicholas is the inspiration for Santa Claus, he was also a real person from a real place, namely the Greek bishop in the Greek city of Myra in Lycia. His ancestors were likely there before recorded history; Lycia was allied with Troy, according to the Iliad, was later ruled by Athens, and broke away from it during the Peloponnesian War.

Today, however, none of St. Nicholas’s compatriots or co-religionists survives in what was once Lycia (not counting a handful of expats). Myra is called Demre and there are no Greek inhabitants, or Christians of any kind, because the Turks rendered Anatolia Griechischfrei during and after World War I.

And the Turks now have the chutzpah to demand return of St. Nicholas’s relics from Italy, where they have been safe from the tender mercies of the Religion of Peace. Sure — when Hagia Sophia is a church again, they can have his bones.

Why don’t more journalist ask these types of questions?


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