“Every American has the right to be treated as a person. He should be able to find a job, educate his children, vote in the elections and be judged on his merits as a person. This is the fixed determination of our party and our nation. So long as I am your President, I intend to carry out what the Constitution demands —and justice required equal justice under the law.” -PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON

In those days a decree was issued by the Emperor Augustus for a general registration throughout the Roman world. This was the first registration of its kind; it took place when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

For this purpose everyone made his way to his own town; and so Joseph went up to Judea from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to be registered at the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was of the house of David by descent; and with him went Mary who was betrothed to him.

She was pregnant, and while they were there the time came for her child to be born, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped Him round, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them to lodge in the house.

NOW IN this same district there were shepherds out in the fields, keeping watch through the night over their flock, when suddenly there stood before them an angel of the Lord, and the splendour of the Lord shone round them.

They were terror-struck, but the angel said, “Do not be afraid; I have good news for you; there was a great joy coming to the whole people. Today in the city of David a deliverer has been born to you – the Messiah, the Lord. And this is your sign; you will find a baby lying all wrapped up, in a manger.”

All at once there was with the angel a great company of the heavenly host, singing the praises of God:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven.

And on earth His peace for men on whom His favour rests.”

AFTER THE angels had left them and gone into heaven the shepherds said to one another, “Come, we must go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

So they went with all speed and found their way to Mary and Joseph; and the baby was lying there in the manger. When they saw Him, they recounted what they had been told about this child; and all who heard where astonished at what the shepherds said.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered over them. Meanwhile the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for what they had heard and seen; it had all happened as they had been told.