25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
I rarely quote from religious texts or books these days; religion itself does not play much part in either my life or my thinking, but I do like the sound of rare good news. The New Testament text I quoted from celebrates the return of the prodigal son, a parable about the presumed lost, and then found. Such an item is also the rare, the extremely rare, items of good news which come into the public domain. Despite the liberal calls for the release without any charge of the traitorous lying deserter Bowe Bergdahl: we read that Gen. Robert B. Abrams, head of Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009. This craven coward deserted his post in Afghanistan, joining the Taliban who sheltered him for five years; (or as his story states he was imprisoned), and was only released at the express wish of President Hussein Obama by swapping five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. Obama wanted Bergdahl to be freed without charge, but the United States Army recognises a deserting coward when it sees one.