- As we enter another Easter Season, it's become all too
obvious that if Christ returns, those who hate in Jesus's name will have
him slimed, then killed.
- Christ was a long-haired peace activist who would have
hated the war in Iraq. "Blessed are the peacemakers" Jesus
said in his defining Sermon on the Mount. "Turn the other cheek...Love
- Such hippie-radical ideals are the "Christian"
right wing's worst nightmare. The GOP would never tolerate an upstart
like Jesus gathering a following in the face of their corporate-fundamentalist
crusade. These are Christians who love power but would despise the actual
Christ, just as they love a Zionist Israel but can't tolerate actual Jews.
- In the wake of Jesus's exemplary life of non-violent
rebellion, a perverse liturgy weighted by twenty centuries of intolerant
bloodthirsty bigotry has erupted in his name. Attacks on people of color,
on nations with oil, on humans of the same gender who love each other,
on youth who enjoy sex.all have become enemies of a new fundamentalist
crusade doing in Christ's name things that would have left him sickened
- In large part through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus
came to be viewed as Divine because he spoke eloquently for a gracious,
- Karl Rove, Tom DeLay and their ilk believe George Bush
and his corporate-fundamentalist minions speak to and for a very different
kind of God, one with characteristics at war with those described by Christ.
- Bush-Rove's Divinity is a nasty dictator, defined by
hate and greed, intolerance and hypocrisy. Christ kicked the moneychangers
out of the temple. Rove-DeLay's Republicans have enshrined them.
- Christ spoke of a God of compassion and joy.
- Today's so-called Christian fundamentalists worship one
of greed-driven warmongering totalitarianism. The only way to salvation,
they say is THEIR way, through a spiteful God that hates all Jesus preached.
- As Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior, shouted at William
Henry Harrison in the early 1800s, "You killed the son of your God,
then you worshipped him when he was dead, and now you kill those who choose
not to follow him."
- If Christ came back today to resume preaching the Sermon
on the Mount, Karl Rove would slime him in the media, then kill him outright,
then turn his words into right wing hatespeak, then kill those who refuse
to follow in his name.
- If Christ came back to organize against Bush's war, Rove's
pet bloviators would shriek about Mary Magdalene. Isn't that her seated
next to Christ in DaVinci's "Last Supper"? Wasn't she unmarried,
pregnant with Christ's bastard child, catching his blood dripping from
- Rush Limbaugh would demand to know what right did the
self-proclaimed "Son of God" had to a relationship out of wedlock?
Who was he to feed those loaves and fishes to the undeserving poor, prolonging
the existence of inferior racial stock? Who was he to attack those moneychangers
who are the Elect of God and the sponsors of Rush's air time?
- Then O'Reilly would slime the Easter thing. A self-anointed
"peace prophet" rising from the tomb? Poppycock, he'd say.
Just another pinko hippie terrorist conspiracy theory.
- But if Christ persisted, and built a following like,
say, Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez or Nelson Mandelawell.they'd
- They'd set it up to blame someone else, like, say the
Jews, or the terrorists, or the Willie Hortons. They'd find some patsy
to take the fall for the assassination.
- Rove would cloud his death in shadowy scandal. Stories
would surface unconfirmed debts. Or tainted investments. Maybe something
about hashish, no stranger to the region.
- Hannity would feature some lovers he jilted. There'd
be rumors he was gay. Talk of a love triangle. Ugly gossip about Mary
and Judas. False leads about Jews wanting him dead. New doubts about that
- Whatever it would take to rub the sheen off an anti-war
"Son of God" and to turn his death tawdry, Rove would do.
- But would Jesus stand for the slaughter of 100,000 Iraqis
in his name merely because of oil and dubious Biblical prophecy? How would
Christ view a president in love with the gas chamber and electric chair?
What would Jesus, who hated hypocrisy above all, say about a Bush who
scampers back to prolong the life of a brain-dead woman who wanted to die,
but who gleefully executes 150 people as governor and as many more as president
as he can get his hands on? How would Jesus cope with a self-proclaimed
Divinity demanding the death penalty for children?
- What would Jesus think of the torture in American prisons,
where much the same is being done to innocent inmates as was done to Christ
himself? Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" stands as a documentary
of the daily torture and slaughter of too many of the 2.2 million prisoners
held in the US military and civilian gulag, a barbaric prison system that
makes the Romans' look benign by comparison.
- Systematic sexual abuse by both prison guards and Catholic
priests? The wholesale slaughter of Iraqi children? The debasement by
corporate money of both church and state?
- Christ would lead the non-violent charge against these
cornerstones of GOP rule---until Rove killed him.
- What would Jesus do about gay marriage? "Love they
neighbor," he'd say.
- What business is it of those who use his name, he would
ask, to prolong bigotry and intolerance just as 50 years ago those same
cynical haters claimed Biblical sanction for laws preventing people of
color from marrying the white people they loved.
- Christ would never stand for such a hate campaign. So
Karl Rove would have him killed.
- Hitler claimed Christ was an Aryan supremacist. Now Rove,
DeLay & company use him to justify dictatorial, greed-approving, gay-hating,
war loving, torture-is-fine bigotry.
- Easter says otherwise. It should remind us that if Jesus
returned to preach the Gandhian love-thy-neighbor subversion with which
he challenged the Romans, Karl Rove would do what Pilate did. But Rove
would be better at the spin. --
- Harvey Wasserman's 'History Of The U.S.' is at www.harveywasserman.com,
as is his 'Glimpse Of The Big Light: Losing Parents, Finding Spirit.