Jesus Radicals

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope everyone is safe and well. I’ve been traveling and unable to respond to my email this last week, so if you’ve sent me a message, I will get to it in the next few days.

Speaking of messages, I get a lot of emails asking me to reconsider god. It’s always the same arguments that people (usually Christians) want to engage me in. You know, can I prove that God’s NOT true? Why did I take hope away from my kids? Sometimes, it’s the same people who write on a weekly basis. In this new year, if you write to convince me to see the light (and you know who you are), I appreciate your efforts, and I will read your email. However, if you want me to respond, I will do so either by making your email the topic of a blog post or, if you prefer, I will answer you directly provided that you make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital for $25. You will donate to a worthy cause, and I won’t feel as if I am wasting my time responding to the same arguments over and over and over.

If you are an atheist, agnostic, humanist, naturalist or any other nonbeliever writing to share a story or a link or ask a question or even just to say “hi,” I enjoy your emails and welcome the opportunity to connect any time.

Enough of that. Let’s talk about Jesus Radicals. That’s the name of the site from which the following story comes from. (Thanks Theresa for sending the link to me!)

Here’s a  quick summary: Each day, three loyal women of Christ pass a calendar stand on their way to work. On the weekend of Black Friday, they decided they’d had enough. They were offended by the site of scantily-clad girls on the front of calendars.  The anonymous author of the article writes, “Each passing encounter forced a specific sexuality and beauty standard upon us, and we couldn’t take it anymore.”

Being a woman, I understand that some of my fellow females choose to objectify themselves, but they do so knowingly and for a price, both in physical and emotional currency. That’s their choice. It’s one thing to make a living as a swimsuit model and quite another to be an eight-year-old beauty pageant contestant, strutting across the stage in a swimsuit. (Where is the outrage and activism over that?) Christians might also remember that the Bible is full of stories about women who are sold, rapes and mistreated, that the most important woman, Mary, did not have a choice when she became God’s receptacle and incubator for the great savior of the human race, a man who would grow up to inspire thousands years of conflict with anyone who didn’t believe in him.

But back to the story. So what do the Jesus Radicals advocate? “If your environment disturbs you, disturb it.”

That’s right folks. If your surroundings irritate or make you feel uncomfortable, then you should feel free to break any commandment or secular law you want: steal and destroy personal property, cause harm to others who make you feel uncomfortable, insist that every person think and believe exactly as you do or you will commit acts of terrorism.

But understand this. If we, as individuals, are uncomfortable with the standards and values one group “forces on us,” then the miscreants of Jesus should be ready for Secular Radicals to steal their Christian-themed calendars and their Bibles and “gift books” from stores (Costco, watch out). Because what they are promoting has nothing to do with the teachings of JC, but everything to do with encouraging intolerance,  self-righteousness, jealousy and narcissistic personality disorders.

And breaking the law? “It will be easy and fun.”

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26 responses to “Jesus Radicals

  1. Hi Deb and my fellow heathens :)
    2014 is but five hours away and it looks to be snowy. At least it is snowing quite heavily now. 2014 will start with some 50000 churchmembers less here – that is almost one percent of the entire population. Reason will prevail but the road is long and winding.

    Ain’t it “funny” how those insecure women are being hailed as somehow moral and admirable? I’d venture a guess that if they had any other delusion but xianity, they’d be considered vandals like they should.

    I wish each of you that the year 2014 will be the best ever!!

  2. Deb,

    Just read the linked article. I’m so grossed out. This group sounds more like a gang of insecure, spiteful adolescents than good christian women. I mean, WWJreallyD ?? Sure as hell not that. How many commandments did they break ?? My tally’s at 3.

    For bonus fun let’s imagine the outage these people would have if a group of non believers finally decided to do something about that offensive christian evangelist kiosk. :D

    Double standards, deceit, and robbery. Keep christ out of Christmas. It’s a pagan holiday after all :)

    • Hi Nicole,
      Interesting photo of you!
      I’d say these three women would not be so forgiving if someone stole their crosses. Heck, do you remember the recent trouble Costco had simply for labeling the bibles as fiction??

      • Hey thanks ! I crocheted the scarf as a gift for my sister, so I took a silly photo with the scarf to show how long it turned out :)

        I felt so bad for Costco for that. Too bad more people didn’t find it as funny as we did …

  3. That’s messed up. It’s theft, which I believe the bible condemns and in many countries those women would lose a hand.

    However, I do quibble with your label of these women as “insecure.” As a secure woman, I too am irritated at our general photoshopped portrayal of women in magazines and on calendars, etc. I may roll my eyes at such a calendar display, but it doesn’t mean I’m insecure. And FWIW, I will try to make changes in how I raise my own kids and the like. I certainly wouldn’t advocate theft or vandalism, no matter how “fun” it may seem to others.

    • @MelissaM Yes, I can see how that was an unfair characterization. I certainly am disturbed, too, with the constant barrage of photo-shopped ads and society’s unrealistic standards for women. I just found it pretty unbelievable that these women of Christ would take offense and steal on God’s behalf. They did it for themselves, not anyone else, imaginary or not. However, I’ll go back and rewrite that part because you bring up a fair and valid point.

      • See? This is how you affect change, with reasoned arguments (with a reasonable person.) Not by stealing! ;-)

        Unfortunately these days my mind boggles all too often at stories like the one you linked to. WTF are people doing? They certainly aren’t thinking. Sigh.

        Hey, Happy New Year to you all!

    • Ooops! I hope that editing this post did not send out a new email to everyone! Sorry if it did!

  4. Happy New Year, Debbie! Love your idea about the St. Jude’s donation. Everyone have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

  5. Just a nit picky point: “what do the Jesus Radicals advocate? “If your environment disturbs you, disturb it.” ” Actually, the Jesus Radicals didn’t advocate that; the anonymous person who submitted the article did. The one thing I found encouraging on the site is that many of the commenters (who I’m assuming are Christians?) don’t agree with these calendar-destroying people. When I saw the “F*ck patriarchy” sign, my first gut reaction was to think that the entire thing was a hoax, but one of the commenters identify the shop owner and her financial dilemma caused by this, etc. Anyway, the Jesus Radicals site — from what bit I read — they seem to be endorsing the Jesus with a whip, running money changers out of the temple instead of the “other” Jesus who turns the other cheek and says “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It is all a little schizo, isn’t it:)

    • @Trishia Jacobs Good point. They may be “running money changers out of the temple.” Maybe their intent is not as sinister as I perceive.

      I had read their website and did a Google search. It was not clear to me that they would not advocate “radical” or extreme acts (after all, they did publish this anonymous piece which suggests that, on some level, they approve of it).

    • Trishia, you have it correct. There is no evidence that those three women are Christians. It’s my opinion that they are NOT. They are anarchists who have taken the law into their own hands. Deb, you are also correct — it’s totally wrong to “steal and destroy personal property, cause harm to others who make you feel uncomfortable, insist that every person think and believe exactly as you do or you will commit acts of terrorism.” I totally agree with you.

  6. HI Deb,

    Thanks for sharing with us a bit about the email you receive. It didn’t occur to me that people would regularly target you for their virtual conversion efforts. You handle it so gracefully. I hope you have some generic form letters to send out!

    I only hear from my Dad with the typical “please reconsider” arguments a couple of times a year. Usually I ignore them but sometimes I’ll rant to my husband about the content, and not nearly as graciously as you.

    It seems that the god-fearing public has forgotten a key piece of data – it is impossible to un-know something. Once you see the other side of the curtain, there’s no going back. You know the wizard is a fraud and the little guy behind the curtain is pulling all the strings. There’s no way to go back to believing in the magic.

    And sometimes, I’m tempted. Rarely, but this is the time of year when it shows up, if it does. It’s uncomfortable and lonely to be outside of the majority when we hear people talking about how great it is and how safe and warm they feel inside their god’s love.

    I have to remind myself that that feeling isn’t the whole truth; that much of the time, people have to work to convince themselves of their beliefs. I remember when I was 12 years old and my grandfather died. I was still young enough to believe unconditionally what I had always been taught in church, that Grandpa was now in heaven, and finally relieved of the illness and pain that had plagued him for most of his final decade on earth. At the funeral, people kept repeating this to me, over an over. Even at that age, I could tell they were trying hard to believe it and convince themselves, not me.

    Which is probably the reason they feel the need to strike out against anything that conflicts with their beliefs – it’s hard enough to hold on to, made harder by the constant intrusion of other interpretations of reality.

    I guess it makes perfect sense after all that you would receive so many emails trying to convert you – the christians are desperately trying to keep the curtains in place and you are one of those who are trying to open them up.

    • Hi Diana,
      Thanks for your comment. That is a good idea–generic responses. That would save a lot of time! I don’t know how gracefully I handle it, but thank you for those kind words, too.

      I can see why your dad would want you to reconsider. If he believes he is going to heaven, he wants to make sure you’re there, too. :)

      This is spot on: “It seems that the god-fearing public has forgotten a key piece of data – it is impossible to un-know something.”

  7. Ever the case: whatever you do is just alright so long as you append God’s name to it, at least that’s the message I get from fundamentalist Christians.

  8. @syrbal-labrys It certainly helps excuse people for doing crazy things!

  9. I would never stoop to their childish and immoral level. A theist once put it best: “Thou shall not steal.” What goes around comes around, or as some other theists put it: Karma!

    Anyway, Happy New Year to one and all. May the year bring you enlightenment, happiness and peace.

    Here is my resolution (and only resolution): I promise to break all my resolutions.

  10. That’s an innovative way to raise money for a good cause.
    Happy New Year Deborah and to your family too

  11. Geraldine Walker

    Invariably enjoy reading your posts. Thanks!
    Wishing you and your family the best of everything in 2014.

  12. Great post, Debbie! Those women are criminals!

    Sorry that I somehow unfollowed you. I have a tendency to do so with my fat fingers on my tiny phone when I take a quick look on a blog.

    Hope you had a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year! I appreciate you and all you do to unite those of us who are not afraid to question and discuss issues such as religion and politics. Thank you for this forum.

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