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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Jesus in a camper van

Here's a couple of thoughts for tonight:

1) Some of the most scary right wing extremists are Christians. Particularly the most judgemental, hate-filled ones.
2) Jesus was a liberal. He used to hang around with the sick and rejected. It's usually felt imprudent to point out to sexually-repressed raving preachers that Jesus hung around with prostitutes *and didn't condemn them*.
3) Claiming back words and ideas can actually work. Suddenly "Queer" isn't such a bad word when there's TV programmes like "Queer as Folk" or "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". Suddenly a word I'd never use doesn't quite seem as bad and hate-filled.
4) Jesus and Christianity are two very different things. Next time a member of the Christian Right preaches to you, just quote "Judge not, lest you be judged" and you'll see what I mean.

Instead of leaving the beardy guy to the suspiciously clean shaven Christian Right, why don't we claim him back? There's a pretty good theological basis for this.

It really pisses me off when I hear people using the new testament to curse and condemn. It's really not about that at all, but a lot of Christians have used it as an excuse for furthering their own desires. I don't doubt they're sincere, they're just not consistent.

So if we take Jesus away from them, all they've got left is hatred.

And control of two-thirds of the world's nuclear weapons.


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