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My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us
The authors note that Jesus jokes have become popular just since the 1970s.
November 10th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us

Editor’s note: Edward J. Blum is a historian of race and religion at San Diego State University. Paul Harvey is a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and runs the blog Religion in AmericanHistory. They co-authored “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”

By Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, Special to CNN

Did you ever hear the one about Jesus being Mexican? Well, he was bilingual; he was constantly harassed by the government; and his first name was Jesus.

Or, perhaps Jesus was Irish? He loved a good story; he never kept a steady job; and his last request was for a drink.

Or maybe it’s possible that Jesus was Californian? He never cut his hair; he was always walking around barefoot; and he started a new religion.

You may not have heard these Jesus jokes, but you’ve heard others. They represent a comedic trend that has animated the United States since the 1970s. More and more comedy gimmicks hit on Jesus, his ethnicity and his relationship to politics. Laughing with (and at) the Lord is now fodder for major motion pictures, barroom comedy tours, graphic novels, t-shirts and bumper stickers.

How is it that a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes? And why is it acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits or there is hell to pay for mocking them?

The explanations are as numerous as the laughs.

Immigration shifts from the 1960s changed the ethnic and religious faces of the country so no tradition dominates today. The Christian right made such a moral spectacle of itself that it practically begged to be mocked. The emergence of “spiritual, but not religious” sensibilities left many Americans willing to denounce or laugh about traditional faith. The public rise of agnosticism, atheism, and secularism led to aggressive mockery as a form of persuasion.

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If we pause to consider why we’re laughing, we find that the comic bits delve into some of our thorniest and unresolved problems. The jokes reveal much more about us than they do Jesus. They speak to how our society has changed, how it hasn’t, and what we’re obsessed with.

The first public jokes about Jesus were heard in the 1970s. There had been religious jokes before this, but none about Jesus had become widely popular because organized Christianity held such authority. As the economic recession and problems of urban decay collided with civil rights exhaustion and new immigration, however, some Jesus jokes emerged.

Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” was the white racist and misogynist you loved to hate and hated to love. On one occasion, his son-in-law challenged Bunker’s rampant anti-Semitism with the claim, "Jesus was Jewish." Archie shot back immediately: "Only on his mother's side."

The “All in the Family” spin off “Good Times” featured a black family that lives in an inner-city housing project, probably Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green. On the show's second episode, the oldest son J. J. astounded everyone by painting Jesus as black. The younger son loves it, and says he learned all about Christ’s blackness from the local Nation of Islam.

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As the family debates whether this black Jesus should be hung on the wall in place of their white Jesus, they “miraculously” receive $140 from the Internal Revenue Service. Feeling blessed, the family placed the painting on its living room wall, and the elated J. J. shouted his tagline, "Dyno-mite!”

From the 1980s to the present, the number of prominent Jesus jokes has multiplied like loaves and fishes:

• In “Talladega Nights,” Ricky Bobby and his family debated which Jesus to pray to (“baby Jesus in golden fleece diapers,” “grown-up Jesus,” “ninja Jesus”). Their overall hope is that Jesus will help them continue their extravagant lifestyle.

• “South Park” featured Jesus as a weak-kneed host of a local talk show who boxes the devil.

• “Family Guy” had Jesus perform magic tricks that wowed his ancient audience.

• “The Colbert Report” placed a gun in Christ’s hand and had him defend conservatives against the liberal “War on Easter.”

• “Saturday Night Live” let Jesus chastise Tim Tebow for using the Lord’s name in vain and ended the bit by declaring that the Mormons have it right.

One unforgettable scene in the rather forgettable recent film “21 Jump Street” may explain why Jesus has become such a joke.

Before Jonah Hill’s character returns to high school as an undercover cop, he prays to a small, crucified “Korean Jesus.” Down on his knees, he says: “Hey Korean Jesus, I don’t know if you only cater to Korean Christians or if you even exist, no offense. I’m just really freaked out about going back to high school. It was just so f***ing hard the first time. … I just really don’t want to f*** this up. Sorry for swearing so much. The end? I don’t really know how to end the prayer.”

The hilarity of the moment only makes sense in our time. Hill's character is unchurched and agnostic, but wants spiritual power to guide him. We can laugh at how agnosticism and being “spiritual, but not religious,” leave him uncertain of what to say, how to say it, and even how to end.

We can also laugh at how ethnic factors color his approach. By wondering if Korean Jesus cares only about Korean problems, Hill pokes fun at the issue which was made a media spectacle in 2008, when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could be heard preaching that “Jesus was a poor black man” as part of his support for Barack Obama. What good is a God who only cares for those who look like him?

The Jesus jokes not only reveal how tangled our religious, racial, economic and political positions have become, but also how many outlets there are for the jokes. In these tense times, when presidential hopefuls point fingers at one another and families unfriend one another over political and cultural differences, laughing may be one way to talk about the problems without killing one another.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey.

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Filed under: Christianity • Entertainment • Jesus • Opinion

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  1. Chad

    How is it that a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes? And why is it acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits or there is hell to pay for mocking them?

    Excellent question..

    The Christian right made such a moral spectacle of itself that it practically begged to be mocked. The emergence of “spiritual, but not religious” sensibilities left many Americans willing to denounce or laugh about traditional faith. The public rise of agnosticism, atheism, and secularism led to aggressive mockery as a form of persuasion

    That says nothing about why Jesus is mocked while it is taboo to do so to central figures in other religions. Christians are the only religious people that have engaged in mockable behavior? Please…

    If we pause to consider why we’re laughing, we find that the comic bits delve into some of our tho rniest and unresolved problems. The jokes reveal much more about us than they do Jesus.
    Now you’re getting very close to the real issue…

    The first public jokes about Jesus were heard in the 1970s. There had been religious jokes before this, but none about Jesus had become widely popular because organized Christianity held such authority
    That says nothing about while it is taboo to insult central figures in other religions in the US where Christians make up the vast majority of the populace.

    The real answer is simple and twofold:
    1. Why do people do it: Christ is real and everyone knows it deep down, making jokes about it is an attempt to deny to yourself that it is true. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”. All one has to do is look at some extraordinarily spare postings on the Muslim posts on this blog to know that fundamentally, non-believers just don’t find these other religions threatening.
    2. Why do they get away with it: Christians don’t kill people for insulting Jesus

    November 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Yazzo

      "Christians don’t kill people for insulting Jesus"

      No they kill people for saying the world is flat

      November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • HenryMiller

      "Christ is real and everyone knows it deep down, making jokes about it is an attempt to deny to yourself that it is true."

      This sort of condescending philosophical arrogance isn't helping your case.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • bob

      Actualy the flip is true. people who say they are religious are hypocrties, they don't believe

      1) goal of religion is to goto heaven but all sane religious people would be happier if a loved one went to hawaii

      November 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Answer

      @Chad

      "Christ is real and everyone knows it deep down," – Real joke is what it is.

      So be honest with yourself Chad.. why do you believe? What proof did you give to yourself?

      November 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Ken

      Chad is a joke. A true laughingstock.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Ken

      Uh, Chad, as to your claim about Muslims, better think that one through. You are on a site with a vastly greater Christian presence compared with Muslim, to begin with. Although it would be best if neither religion had any presence in the modern world; neither collection of fairy tales merits such a presence.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Chad

      @Yazzo "No they kill people for saying the world is flat"
      @Chad "they do?? where? when? never heard that one...

      =======
      @Answer "So be honest with yourself Chad.. why do you believe? What proof did you give to yourself?"
      @Chad
      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium: the fossil record showing species experiencing millions, 100's of millions of years of stasis (no change, random genetic mutations are weeded out of the gene pool resulting in a pool 'wobbling about the genetic mean'), followed by extremely rapid change resulting in new species appearing fully formed in the fossil record.
      5. The empty tomb, and the unshakable conviction among followers and enemies alike that they had witnesses a resurrected Jesus. A conviction they held so strongly that they went to their deaths proclaiming its truth.

      most importantly, a personal relationship.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      As to #1, that is called a 'rationalization'.

      As to #2, that is only because they are no longer allowed to.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Chad

      @Ken "as to your claim about Muslims, better think that one through"
      =>what claim?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Answer

      @Chad

      The same bs as usual. LOL

      I'm glad we can always count on you for the laughs.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Chad

      @Cheesemakers "As to #2, that is only because they are no longer allowed to."
      @Chad "
      1. Did any Christian ever kill someone for mocking Jesus Christ?
      2. When were they allowed to do this?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • sam stone

      "1. Why do people do it: Christ is real and everyone knows it deep down, making jokes about it is an attempt to deny to yourself that it is true."

      No, Chad...we just like making fun of morons

      November 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Betty Bowers

      5. The empty tomb, and the unshakable conviction among followers and enemies alike that they had witnesses a resurrected Jesus. A conviction they held so strongly that they went to their deaths proclaiming its truth.

      dude marry loved him so much she

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hcQ7fDtxG4&w=640&h=390]

      hay every one i meet Jesus last night.. i touched his clothes (said in a monotone voice)

      ah the power of love

      November 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Chad

      @sam stone "we just like making fun of morons"
      =>lacks explanatory scope..
      -why is Judeo/Christianity the virtually exclusive target of atheism?
      -the world is full of people with mistaken belief systems, why not make fun of them in the same proportion as Christianity.

      The atheist doth protest too much, methinks.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Betty Bowers

      2. Why do they get away with it: Christians don’t kill people for insulting Jesus

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hEh2NH6teY&w=640&h=390]

      November 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Chad

      ~2,500 people executed during the spanish inquisition.

      Terrible, terrible chapter in the history of Christianity.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      the world is full of people with mistaken belief systems, why not make fun of them in the same proportion as Christianity.

      they do but the reason why you seem to get it the most
      is because your the ones oppression them the most

      November 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      C'mon Chad,

      CHristians even killed other christians for not believing in the "right" Jesus...

      November 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      60,000 native children exacted in California by the Missions in just 5 years

      another sad chapter in Christianity and certainly not the last 3 inter cultures annihilated (Aztecs/Africans/Pre roman Celts)

      November 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • sam stone

      chad: members of other belief systems are not attempting to use our secular laws to deny people their civil rights.

      get over yourself, boy

      November 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The Chard says "Christ is real and everybody knows it deep down."

      Where's your evidence for this statement? How do you determine what "everybody knows deep down"? Able to read minds now, Chard? That's odd, considering you don't have one of your own.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Chad

      @Cheesemakers "As to #2, that is only because they are no longer allowed to."
      @Chad "
      1. Did any Christian ever kill someone for mocking Jesus Christ?
      2. When were they allowed to do this?

      @Cheesemakers "CHristians even killed other christians for not believing in the "right" Jesus..."
      @Chad "3. When, where??"

      =======
      @Sam Yaza "60,000 native children exacted in California by the Missions in just 5 years"
      @Chad "missionaries executed 60,000 children???
      source???

      where in the world are you getting this erroneous information from?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Chad

      @sam stone "members of other belief systems are not attempting to use our secular laws to deny people their civil rights."
      @Chad "think you are confused on a couple important things:
      A. Christians in the US do not have a "united" point of view on any social issue.
      B. You seem to be objecting to the current method by which the US is governed? Elected officials, legislation that every US citizen has a right to lobby their representatives for?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Answer

      My favorite taglines from Chad
      --quote-
      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium:

      5. most importantly, a personal relationship.
      6. the world is full of people with mistaken belief systems
      7. where in the world are you getting this erroneous information from?
      -end–

      I love #6 and #7 because Chad can't even see his own words. XD

      November 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • sam stone

      denying people their civil rights makes you a bigot. hiding behind the bible makes you a pious bigot. snakes lie with other snakes, chad.......

      November 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "I love #6 and #7 because Chad can't even see his own words. XD"
      @Chad "what makes you think they are mistaken?

      hint "that's all nonsense" is considered an adequate refutation only in the illogical corridors of AtheistsU

      November 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      he extent of the removal of children, and the reasoning behind their removal, are contested. Docu.mentary evidence, such as newspaper articles and reports to parliamentary committees, suggest a range of rationales

      here is one of many sources
      http://www.nahc.ca.gov/califindian.html

      its Californian history
      missions were slave camps and conversion camps for the colonizers and many children striped from the parents died their

      November 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Chad

      you must have missed it.. here it is again:

      Chad
      @sam stone "members of other belief systems are not attempting to use our secular laws to deny people their civil rights."
      @Chad "think you are confused on a couple important things:
      A. Christians in the US do not have a "united" point of view on any social issue.
      B. You seem to be objecting to the current method by which the US is governed? Elected officials, legislation that every US citizen has a right to lobby their representatives for?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • sam stone

      "A. Christians in the US do not have a "united" point of view on any social issue."f

      fair enough. my vitriol is directed at those who would deny others their rights.

      how about you, chad? do you feel gays should be allowed to marry?

      November 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not a single reason you've given is evidence that "goddidit", Chad.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Answer

      @Chad
      And here it is again.. you words..

      what makes you think they are mistaken?

      Explain yourself. XD

      November 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Answer

      'your' - correction

      November 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • sam stone

      chad....i got no problem with lobbying your elected representatives. you have a right to be a bigot. but, don't delude yourself into believing it is anything other than bigotry

      November 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • tallulah13

      No, Chad. I don't "deep down" believe in Jesus. In fact, the majority of the world's population don't spend a lot of time thinking about Jesus at all. I suspect that "deep down", you are terrified that you are wrong. After all, you are the one protesting for all you are worth and pretending you are some sort of authority.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Chad

      @Sam Yaza "missions were slave camps and conversion camps for the colonizers and many children striped from the parents died their"

      @Chad "terrible chapter in Christian history.. no one was "executed", but that is probably quibbling since they may have well have just done so given the conditions they forced to live in.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      taking some one from their home and watching them whether and die is an exaction

      if you take some one look them in a room refuse to feed them until they come to Christ through baptism(which to us pagans is a separation from life Gaia/ Death) or let them die
      is an exaction

      don't delude your self of the evil your kind has done and is still doing (they use this method in India)

      November 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Chad

      @Chad "6. the world is full of people with mistaken belief systems 7. where in the world are you getting this erroneous information from?"

      @Answer "I love #6 and #7 because Chad can't even see his own words. XD"
      @Chad "what makes you think they are mistaken?

      I guess my initial response was to short, I'll elaborate.

      You are implying that I have a mistaken belief system based on erroneous information. I am asking what makes you think that my belief system is mistaken?

      November 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Answer

      @Chad

      ==quote==
      You are implying that I have a mistaken belief system based on erroneous information. I am asking what makes you think that my belief system is mistaken?
      ==end==

      I'll repose what you wrote ...I am asking you now .."what makes you think that your belief system is correct?"

      November 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "I'll repose what you wrote ...I am asking you now .."what makes you think that your belief system is correct?""

      @Chad "guess you somehow missed it.. here it is again:

      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium: the fossil record showing species experiencing millions, 100's of millions of years of stasis (no change, random genetic mutations are weeded out of the gene pool resulting in a pool 'wobbling about the genetic mean'), followed by extremely rapid change resulting in new species appearing fully formed in the fossil record.
      5. The empty tomb, and the unshakable conviction among followers and enemies alike that they had witnesses a resurrected Jesus. A conviction they held so strongly that they went to their deaths proclaiming its truth.

      most importantly, a personal relationship.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Answer

      ====Just in case you missed it ... Chad====

      My favorite taglines from Chad
      –quote-
      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium:

      5. most importantly, a personal relationship.
      6. the world is full of people with mistaken belief systems
      7. where in the world are you getting this erroneous information from?
      -end–

      I love #6 and #7 because Chad can't even see his own words. XD
      ======end

      November 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Chad

      You'll have to elaborate on what you mean by "Chad can't even see his own words"

      Apparently it does NOT mean what I thought it did, namely that you are implying I have a mistaken belief system based on erroneous information.

      November 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Answer

      @Chad

      You never get it .. it's okay though. You're an idiot, and god made you that way. See god made me an atheist to have fun at your expense. XD

      November 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Chad

      ah, lol, ok

      I thought you had something concrete in mind.

      November 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  2. Yazzo

    If god isnt gay why did he give men bung holes

    November 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • JJ Morales

      FOR THE PLEASURE OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS?

      November 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Ken

      JJ nails the punchline.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      yeah like why are we even able to feel pleasure from the prostate

      nature is set up perfectly for Same s3x relationships

      Yah~ did not create the universe
      Gaia on the other had get another point

      November 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  3. bob

    I thought religion was BS when i was under 6 and i come from a overly religious family. I remember watching the priest and alter-boys carrying a cross down isle and singing and i thought "This is medieval crazy", Now i think how can adults believe this rubbish.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • JJ Morales

      These adults are the equivelant of adult children who believe fairy tales.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  4. Sam Yaza

    so Jesus walks into a bar and says och! i thought i prayed you away.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  5. Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

    Human, my father, Taliban grand master mullah, used to tell us many Zessus jokes in our mosque, when I was growing up, my favorite.

    What did Jesus say as he was being crucified?

    "oh prophet Muhammad, come HELP ME... SAVE ME..... from these corrupt goons, deniers of truth Allah ...!"

    And we laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  6. Blasphemy

    Mommy, I am feeling sick and need to throw up.

    Johnny the sermon is not over yet. If you must, slip outside and throw up behind a bush.

    A few moments later Johnny returned and his mother said did you go outside like I told you?

    'I didn't have to go out of the church, Mummy. They have a box next to the front door that says, "For the Sick" '.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  7. JoFro

    Its quite simple where there are jokes about Jesus and not other religious leaders – make jokes about Islam or Mohammad and you may lose your career in the West or worse, get killed or beaten up. Make jokes about Buddha and know one really knows much about the guy nyways, plus he is a darling of the leftist crowd. Make jokes about Vishnu, and it looks like bad taste and no one makes fun of the Jews or Moses becos that might look anti-semitic.....with Jesus, everyone, even those of other faith traditions accept Jesus in some way or the other, and in the end, you ain't going to get killed or risk your career for making fun of Jesus :D there all the explanation you will need

    November 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  8. JJ Morales

    I find it difficult to fathom that Yahweh imprenated unknowing Jewish teenager, so Yahweh could be born in the form a Jesus, so he could be tortured to death for humanity's sins?

    If you were never exposed to Christianity as a child, and heard this as an adult, you'd laugh at its stupidity. The only reason why people are willing to put up with this nonsense if because they were exposed to these farcical ideas as children, and therefore, the don't seem so weird.

    Personally, it boggles my mind that fellow humans could believe this, I consider them child-like creatures who still believe in fairy tales as adults.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • inbredChristian

      And its down right scary to think some leaders of this world think the old man in the sky is guiding them.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  9. Gordon Geeko

    The blue horseshoe loves CRC

    November 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  10. Answer

    So the whole population of the entire human race.. about 12(?) or billion people born into existence.. can keep hell burning for all of eternity.

    Fascinating science. XD

    November 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • inbredChristian

      I love the part about Adam and Eves kids doing the nasty to populate the earth. I guess the people who made up bible didnt know about genes.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Noah

      We had the same problem on the Ark, only 2 animals of each race, and can you imagine how 8 people fed 6 million animals, even if we worked non stop it was impossible. And i know what your going to ask next what did we feed the meat eating animals ? thats my secret

      November 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      iv always like the tower story

      look humans working together can do any thing no I'm Mad and jealous of their strength i know lets decide the language causing misunderstandings and war

      Yahweh= 6 year old school girl that couldn't take a play on the swing because it nap time

      November 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  11. JJ Morales

    I can't imagine that there are many intelligent people who worship a bronze-age, middle-eastern deity named Yahweh (of the old testament) and his illiterate son Jesus.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  12. Blasphemy

    A priest got lost on the way to the funeral and arrived late.

    When he finally arrived the spade was next to the open hole, and the workmen were sitting under a tree eating lunch.

    Feeling guilty because of his lateness, he preached an impassioned and lengthy service.

    As the good Father returned to his car, he overheard one of the workman say to the other, ' Do you know, fancy that, I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty five years and I ain't never seen anything like that.'

    November 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  13. JJ Morales

    Jesus was gay, and I worship him, and I want Jesus inside me, so I must be gay too, like most priests.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  14. CRC

    Jokes about Jesus only show that we have no respect for anyone anymore, we are disrespectful and arrogant to all, even the creator of the universe. Saving faith in Christ is our only hope.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Leia

      Obi Won Kenobi is my only hope

      November 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • JJ Morales

      Yes!

      An illiterate carpenter born 2000 years ago created the universe.

      Makes perfect sense to me.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • bob

      And bible thumpers have no respect for anyone outside their cult

      November 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      And why should I accept your assertion that Jesus is the creator of the universe?

      November 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      The Creator of the Cosmos made multi-universes CRC,

      Imagine that !

      November 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Ya, the creator of the Cosmo s, denier of truth absolute Allah, Jesus, corruption of humanity, secu lar ism!! only in your wildest dreams, goon, Old, skunk, Dreamer.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  15. JobTRheHomlessBegga

    I was rich and had a good job, then the church convinced me praying works. So i stopped going to work and paying bills and instead i prayed for money and bills to be paid, then when my wife got sick i prayed for her health. now she is dead and im homeless

    November 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • CRC

      That's why you should listen to the Holy Spirit and read God's word, especially when what they tell you at church is out of line with scripture as is true in your case. Frankly, I know you are just spouting bs.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Your god said 'take no thought for tomorrow".

      November 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • inbredChristian

      CRC JJ whatever your name is now, what you do not understand, to smart people your like a kid trying to prove Santa exists to his parents. ( hint its not going to work ) the more bible quotes you post the more you affirm you are crazy and how ridiculous religion is

      November 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • OneGodOneBrotherhood

      Wow...You've been reading Job.

      Now that all worldly things have been stripped away, you can really hear God words and receive your inheritance.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  16. Josef Thin

    The reason why Christians don't get bent out of shape when people tell 'Jesus jokes' is because Jesus...well...JESUS REALLY IS GOD.
    He is a big boy and can fight His own fights.
    That is why the adherents to Islam have to kill those who insult Islam or Mohammed: their god "Allah" doesn't exist and can't defend himself and Mohammed never was a prophet.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Martin

      Wait when this started to happen? I've been watching CNN and Jesus hasn't been doing a damn thing, same as the last few thousands of years, do you mind calling him to ask what's going on maybe he's taking a million year nap or something.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  17. Veritas

    Did you hear the one about Mohammed? Of course not, those "peaceful" Muslims killed the joke-teller before he could get to the punchline. :D

    November 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  18. JJ Morales the best TollBait

    I wonder why god didnt tell JJ, how not to be trollbait

    November 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  19. Blasphemy

    One beautiful Sunday morning, Reverend Barnard announces to his congregation, 'My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons......
    A $100 sermon that lasts five minutes
    A $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes
    And a $20 sermon that lasts a full hour.

    Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver.'

    November 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  20. Martin

    Hey this is for all religious people, are you guys sure you are doing it right? it's been thousands of years and it seems all your prayers are not doing a damn thing. Just look at the elections, did you guys took off that week or what?

    November 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • David

      Hey Martin – I haven't seen "Atheist disaster relief trucks" up in the Northeast trying to help real people with real problems – but the Northeast is loaded with "religious" groups traveling and sacrificing to help their neighbor. Right or wrong AT LEAST THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING. Where are the "Non-religious AID groups" the only ones that exist are government run and funded because the non-religious are generally too selfish to organize and give to help people who need it. Red CROSS, Samaritans Purse, Baptist, Methodist and the list goes on and on.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • JJ Morales

      None religious aid organizations:

      FEMA
      Gates Foundation
      The goverment

      November 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • David

      FEMA = government run and funded
      Government = government run and funded

      Haven't seen the Gates foundation in the Northeast... have you?

      November 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • FYI

      David,

      The Red Cross is a wholly secular organization.

      http://www.redcross.org/about-us/mission

      November 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
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