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Jesus InCarNate

Please don’t sue, United Feature Syndicate.

American Family Association’s New Zombie Jesus Buttons Don’t Go Far Enough

It’s October, so in the spirit of Halloween the American Family Association is offering a blood-red button featuring the outstretched hand of a long-dead Jesus, reaching, reaching, along with the words “He Came for YOU!”

It’s unfortunate that the AFA button isn’t more detailed. I suggest this friendly amendment for the li’l trick-or-treaters:

Consider:

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Mrs. Jesus

What does it matter if the “fragment” actually comes from where it was initially said to have come from? Would that make it any more fake than the New Testament? [...]

The Original Good Shepherd

Here, next to the rosy colored church Good Shepherd is an ancient depiction of the Greek god Hermes, in a motif known as Hermes Kriophoros – referred to by the ancient Greeks, before Christianity, as the good shepherd. [...]

Pope Ratzinger Blames Jesus for Catholic Sexual Abuse of Children

The Catholic Pope, the former Nazi Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, gave a speech today in which he spoke about his church’s problem with sexual crimes, saying, “How are we to explain the fact that people who regularly received the Lord’s body and confessed their sins in the sacrament of Penance have offended in this way? It remains a mystery.” [...]

Is Occupy Bigger Than Jesus?

Judging by global search trends, the Occupy Movement is not bigger than Jesus, but for a time it was bigger than Lady Gaga:

But in the news Occupy was definitely bigger than Jesus this summer and fall, at least until Jesus’ birthday came around:

Looking for something that is consistently bigger than Jesus? [...]

Putting the Christ Back In Christmas With Handguns

For those preachy people who insist that guns are by nature incompatible with the real meaning of Christmas, I have some understanding and sympathy, recognizing that religious texts like the New Testament are open to a great deal of creative reinterpretation to suit the desires of particular religious followers. I do suggest, however, that advocates of non-violence recognize that there is much in Christianity that supports violence and weapons ownership, rather than repudiating. Perhaps the Christmas holiday, which tells a story prefiguring terrible torture, execution and vengeance, isn’t really the best foundation for a message of peace. [...]

Quincy and Charleston Unitarian Universalists Continue Pattern Of Christian Dominance

These UU congregations all promote one particular religion – Christianity – over all others, in just about the same ratio. There’s not just a lack of diversity within Unitarian Universalist congregations. There also seems to be a lack of diversity between congregations. Unitarian Universalism insists that it isn’t promoting any creed, but these results show that it is promoting a particular creed – a special blend consisting mostly of Christianity, with a drop of Buddhism mixed in. [...]

The War On Sacrificial Baby Day!

In order to meet the high expectations of Joan Clayton, I propose the following theological holiday greeting: “Happy Sacrificial Baby Day… For lo, a child is born, for no other purpose than to be tortured and executed on a sacrificial crucifix in a weird ceremony of blood that’s supposed to compensate for our own feelings of guilt.” [...]

Jesus and Buddha Bully Out Diversity From Unitarian Universalist Association

The Buddha seems to be the Unitarian Universalist poster boy of religious diversity. Whenever the Unitarian Universalist Association wants to create the appearance of diversity in its ideas and practices, it brings up the Buddha. Still, the Buddha is relegated to the sidekick of the UU Jesus bully boy, mentioned less than a forth of the amount that Jesus comes up. [...]

Would Jesus Christ Say What The Christians Say?

Tea Party Jesus puts the words of right wing Christians into the mouth of Jesus Christ himself – and the results are striking. What would Jesus say? What would Christians say? [...]