Kansas Woman's Topical Christmas Card Goes Viral
She invokes plight of Syrian refugees
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Psychotherapist and mother Whitney Roberts Logan coined a sentence on her Christmas card that is being shared by the thousands.   (Facebook/Whitney Roberts Logan)

(Newser) – Whitney Roberts Logan hasn't felt quite as "merry" this season as she did when she wrote that one word on her Christmas card last year. With the number of Syrians killed in that nation's civil war estimated at near half a million, as PBS reported earlier this year, and on the heels of a divisive election during which Donald Trump's son likened Syrian refugees to Skittles, the Kansas mom says she felt compelled to do something different, reports the Houston Chronicle. So this year she penned a sentence, and it's gone viral: "This Christmas season we would like to remind everyone that Jesus was a Middle Eastern refugee."

Logan has posted her card to her personal Facebook page with the message, "Part of our human family is in crisis, and there are real ways you can help today," followed by links to places to help. She also shared it with Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook page for Hillary Clinton supporters, and it quickly garnered 180,000 responses, the Kansas City Star reports. She was driven, she writes to the Daily Dish, to "remind Christians specifically" of the refugee part of the Christmas story, given that Jesus and his parents fled to Egypt to escape King Herod. "If we say we love God, and he says 'whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me' (paraphrase), then we have a pretty clear spiritual directive when it comes to caring for those who would seek refuge." (A now-famous young Syrian girl is safely out of Aleppo.)

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