Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
The trite question, “What would Jesus do,” is a lot like the Christian conceit of imprecatory prayer; it’s more annoying than anything else. Given the general uselessness and cowardice of those who tend to ask WWJD, I would like to remind them that it might include turning over tables and breaking out whips.
Even as a Pagan it’s disheartening to know that the only ones that ever bring up the possibility of such wrath are the ever-covetous failures in America and then they focus solely on the targets being bankers, other financial types, and the wealthy, forgetting that Jesus beat the crap out them for profaning the temple, not for being wealthy.
It probably is, or should be, equally offensive to Christian and Pagan alike. Whether you follow Yeshua ben Yosef or Cernunnos, there’s something to this image that will likely strike a chord of offensiveness in you.
You know what the great part is though? It’s that Christian and Pagan alike will do little more than roll their eyes or leave a comment displaying their dislike for my irreverence. They won’t threaten – or try – to kill me or riot worldwide over this.
A small number of Christians want to “put the Jesus back in Halloween” and are promoting a Christian alternative to the normal Halloween festivities on October 31. They call it JesusWeen.
Jesusween, It Sort Of Makes Sense
You know, if you objectively think about the Abrahamics’ God, Yahweh, it’s makes a certain sort of sense to have JesusWeen. Yahweh’s a scary sort of deity and Jesus, while beneficent, has some scary bits as well. 😆
NOTE: Don’t take this too seriously, my Christian readers; it’s meant in largely non-nasty fun. As a Pagan, and one who follows something akin to what many are wont to call Celtic Rite Paganism, the secular orgy of binge eating and juvenile begging / protection racketeering is at least as offensive to me as it is to you.