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Brittney Cooper decries the bigots' white-supremacist Jesus:

Just in time for Holy Week, the State of Indiana has passed a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law explicitly permits for-profit corporations from practicing the "free exercise of religion" and it allows them to use the "exercise of religion" as a defense against any lawsuits whether from the government or from private entities.[...]

Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them.

"As a practicing Christian," writes Cooper, "I am deeply incensed by these calls for restoration and reclamation in the name of religious freedom:"

Nothing about the cultural and moral regime of the religious right in this country signals any kind of freedom. In fact, this kind of legislation is rooted in a politics that gives white people the authority to police and terrorize people of color, queer people and poor women. That means these people don't represent any kind of Christianity that looks anything like the kind that I practice.

Cooper also notes that "This white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, gun-toting, Bible-quoting Jesus of the religious right is a god of their own making:"

This God isn't the God that I serve. There is nothing holy, loving, righteous, inclusive, liberatory or theologically sound about him. He might be "biblical" but he's also an asshole.

The Jesus I know, love, talk about and choose to retain was a radical, freedom-loving, justice-seeking, potentially queer (because he was either asexual or a priest married to a prostitute), feminist healer, unimpressed by scripture-quoters and religious law-keepers, seduced neither by power nor evil.

She concludes that "We need to reclaim the narrative of Jesus' life and death from the evangelical right. They have not been good stewards over the narrative." In the an-oldie-but-a-goodie department, let's recall how that "fool says in his heart" Bible verse is part of their 'asshole atheist' narrative:

Since the Christian hurling such a quote in your direction likely believes that his or her bible is worth at least some attention, I suggest that you offer a quote of your own. Specifically, I'd refer to Matthew 5:22, which says,
Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Interesting, isn't it? The Christian who squeals with delight while tossing Psalm 14:1-3 at you is risking the wrath of his or her imagined god by doing so. That being the case, I think it is probably safe to conclude that such a Christian is either ignorant of his or her bible or - and this is where it gets fun - doesn't give a damn because the transient pleasure of insulting you is worth the risk of eternal punishment.

Interestingly, I mentioned that verse-and-response pairing (two times) the previous year.

This Ted Rall cartoon is especially appropriate:


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