Friday, February 28, 2014
The Unpleasant Besmirching of Baby Trudeau's Name
Although I've never worked in one, and babies terrify me, I always enjoy dropping by the maternity ward, because it's the happiest place in the hospital.
Most of the mums are positively glowing, having demonstrated once again that women are stronger than men.
And I like to kid the first-time dads by assuring them that sleep deprivation is not ALWAYS fatal.
So I was glad to see this delivery went well.
The Trudeaus are welcoming another member to their family today. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced the arrival of Hadrian, weighing in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces, on Twitter Friday morning.
And tweets like this one made me smile...
But then there was this one...
Which was struck me as unpleasantly weird.
I found this article disgusting.
Hadrian, who reigned from 117 to 138 A.D., is commonly called one of the five good emperors because of his economic stewardship of the empire and his lack of belligerence in launching wars on his neighbours. Arguably Rome’s most enigmatic emperor, he also built a legendary wall separating England and Scotland to keep the Scots at bay.
But he is reviled among the Jewish community. During the Third Jewish War, Hadrian crushed a Jewish uprising using almost genocidal force, killing upwards of 500,000 and destroying almost 1,000 villages. The Talmud follows his name with the curse “Crush his bones.”
And I'm sorry to say I feel the same way about this post.
For why one anyone seek to burden a baby with the bloody legacy of a Roman Emperor who lived so long ago?
When I rather like the name, and the only problem I can see, is that some Québécois or Québécoise might have trouble pronouncing the hard H. So some of his friends might call him Adrian.
You know, I realize that we live in Harperland, where the partisanship of the Con regime has corrupted this country and dragged us all into the gutter.
And I realize that some people hate Justin Trudeau as much as others love him.
But all I would say is if you have problems with Justin's policies, criticize him for that.
And leave the innocent alone...
And of course all hail baby Hadrian !!!!
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