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.”