Ireland to celebrate Herod’s massacre of the innocents this year

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For years children’s nativity plays have missed out that rubbish end of the Christmas story where Herod kills the babies called the “massacre of the innocents”.

This has been too much for the forward-looking people of Northern Ireland who voted back in May to repeal the 8th and allow for equality in killing for men and women.

Simon Harris, Minister for Health in the Irish Government, announced yesterday that the “Massacre of Innocents” bill had passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and will be signed into law by the president.

Sadly a late amendment to the bill meant that its name was changed to “The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill” but that won’t deter those who plan to re-enact this part of the Christmas story.   “‘Termination’ doesn’t really have the same dramatic effect of the word ‘massacre’ but we’re grateful that we can, at last, demonstrate inclusivity this Christmas both by adding this scene and allowing women to play the role of Herod.”

However, a spokeswoman for the repeal the 8th campaign expressed her frustration, “Whilst we celebrate that the progress that this bill has brought, it currently only allows for the killing of babies up to the 12th week of a pregnancy so there is still a long way to go until we can finally get to perform this part of the nativity correctly.”

Reporter: John Spencer aka Not the Bible

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