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Saturday, December 4, 2004

Hymns in the news.

With Advent timeliness!

Brian D. Mitchell [aka Isaiah David Emmanuel], who is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, was ordered to undergo a new round of competency hearings after he began singing yesterday in court. He sang, "Oh come, oh come, Immanuel," the name he used as a street preacher.

(Sorry, can't find a permalink: It's the caption on the photo on today's National page of the New York Times Web site; I saw it on page A12 of the New England Final edition.)

From Oremus — one of Mrs Philocrites' favorite Anglican Web sites — here's John Mason Neale's 1851 translation of the lyrics (the 12th-century "O Antiphons"), complete with sing-along music!

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 4 December 2004 at 10:40 AM

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Jeff Wilson:

December 4, 2004 01:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

Weird coincidence: I just this moment finished reading "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer. Brian Mitchell features prominently in the story, as one of several fundamentalist polygamist Mormons who committed various acts of murder, kidnapping, and/or rape over the past 20 years in response to their Mormon beliefs. Twenty-four hours ago I wouldn't have really understood the context of your Mitchell snippet (I do recall the search for Smart, but didn't give it much attention--it just struck me at the time as another instance of the media making a huge eyeball-grabbing freakout over the loss of a suburban white girl at the same time that similar stories about minority children went unreported).

I'm writing a paper about the reaction of the FLDS move into Texas this year, in light of the Branch Davidian incident in Waco. We may have another showdown on our hands, it appears. Worse yet, there are some who are actually spoiling for a fight.

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