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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Secret Torture of the Magi

The official story, released to all media outlets through Herod’s press corps is that the magi, having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, returned to their country by another route.  The truth is that the magi were captured by Herod’s secret police and quickly and quietly taken to an undisclosed location in the Judean wilderness. 

And there they were subjected to refined interrogation techniques. 

Melchior was forced to stand erect for several hours on his toes with his arms shackled to the ceiling, and not allowed to sleep.  Gaspar was given forcible rectal hydration.  And Balthazar was isolated into a darkened chamber and forced to listen to the screams of his companions.

The interrogators asked the Magi over and again, “Where is the Christ?  Where was he born?”  The wise men held out as long as they could, but no one can withstand torture indefinitely.  “In Bethlehem!” they screamed in order to make the torture stop.

But this was nothing that Herod didn’t already know.

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