jesus was whatever the speechwriter needs him to be
Ramsey Clark's sanity has left the building.
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark Wednesday compared Jesus Christ to a terrorist during a media event for a new anti-war group. "The Christian Church overwhelmingly -- there are exceptions -- who choose to call Mohammed a terrorist. They could call Jesus a terrorist too," said Clark. "I mean, he was pretty tough on money lenders a time or two."
I'm an atheist and I'm offended by that. Being "tough on money lenders" is what constitutes being a terrorist these days? What happened to the suicide belts and bombs and death threats?
It's obvious Mr. Clark isn't the only one contemplating the issue of what exactly Jesus stood for.
For instance, this person believes that Jesus was, just like Che Guevara, a communist.
Then there's Brian Sewell, he thought Christ would have approved of the destruction of the twin towers.
"America is, as we all know, a synecdochism for all the virtues of Western civilisation. But - and dare one express a but in such a hysterical context? - some might see the events of that day in New York as an assault on the twin monuments of Mammon by an ascetic religious force emanating, yet again, from the deserts of the East to scourge the daily manipulators of greed, rapaciousness and avarice, the disciples of profit and cupidity, the instruments of personal and private wealth for its own sake. Have we forgotten the moral exemplar set by Christ when he scourged the traders in the temple of Jerusalem? When he overturned the tables of the moneychangers, did he pause to ask why any of them should be excluded from his wrath?"
Andrea answered that phrase with the succint:
Hm. I haven't one of those annotated all-the-quotes Bibles in my possession, merely an edition of the usual KJV, but I am pretty sure that Jesus didn't slaughter the moneylenders. (Cato also took aim and fired at Mr. Sewell.)
Of course, Mr. Sewell, the Che person and Ramsey Clark all most likely got that particular view of Jesus from Jesus Christ, Superstar.
Roll on up -- for my price is down
Come on in -- for the best in town
Take your pick of the finest wine
Lay your bets on this bird of mine
Name your price I got everything
Come and buy it's all going fast
Borrow cash on the finest terms
Hurry now while stocks still last
My temple should be a house of prayer
But you have made it a den of thieves
Get up, get out
(You really should hear that, not just read it. I can sing the entire soundtrack from heart, but I'll spare you.)
So, Jesus wasn't that happy with capitalism, right? Does that make him a communist, though?
Fidel seems to think so. But that's Fidel for you.
I think Jesus may have liked Berkely.
Anyhow, to finish up with Ramsey Clark, which is where I started, the thoughtless wonder had this to say in the same speech:
"The greatest moral force there by far is Islam because it is present in the prisons," said Clark. "They're the ones that are respected, they're the ones that are up at up at 5 a.m. and worshiping, they're the ones that are praying five times a day and not ashamed to submit themselves to what they believe is a greater power."
Moral. Prisons. Something in that statement does not make sense. Of course, it stands to reason that Clark was espousing the virtues of religious people in prison. You know - prison? That place you go when you've done something bad? Well, Clark was in D.C. giving that speech to lend his support to A.N.S.W.E.R., the anti-war group. They're having a big protest on January 18 and they would like you to come dressed as weapons inspectors.
I heard that people were going to march naked during that protest. Anyone thinking of heading down there that day, you should find out exactly what they mean by "weapons inspectors" before you commit myself.