Question about Samaritans

A few years ago, my five-year old was in the church Nativity play. He and other children practiced their roles in the play four several weeks leading up to the performance. On our way home from practices, he was full of questions about events and characters in the play.

One evening, the children playing shepherds practiced the line, “No Samaritans allowed!” over and over. On the way home afterward, my son asked, “Mom, why did the shepherds say ‘No Samaritans allowed?'”

I answered in the simplest terms possible, “Well, the shepherds were Jews. They didn’t like Samaritans.”

He squinted his eyes and asked in a low, serious voice, “Why Mom? Were the Samaritans girls?”

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