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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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Entertainment • Jesus • Opinion

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  1. Colin

    Christianity is the belief that a god impregnated a virgin with himself, to give birth to himself, so he could sacrifice himself to himself to fogive the original sin of a couple we know all know never existed.

    I'm sorry, but that is REALLY stupid and childish.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Reality

      Amen !!!

      November 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • sybaris

      Surely an omniscient being would have seen that one coming.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Brad

      How do you know they never existed? All of your arguments so far have been quite weak. If you want to form a well-built argument against Christianity, you're going to have to do a lot better than that.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Brad,

      Christianity supplies the best argument against itself....the bible.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Brad

      Blessed are the cheese makers,

      How so?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • sybaris

      There is as much evidence for your god as any other.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Brad,

      It is a contradictory mess..... an all-knowing god could do better.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Christian

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpnU_4a1BCw&w=640&h=390]

    November 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • sybaris

      More evidence that religion and the worship of god(s) is a filthy perverted disease of the mind.

      Religion should be rated X and kept away from children

      November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Yes, don't take a 2000k year old book's word for it, take a 4-year-old's word for it. Heaven is real! But, so is the monster under your bed, the tooth fairy, Santa Clause and talking chipmunks.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Clausen

      An amazing video of an amazing story. Of course the militant atheists will claim that it's fake and that his parents told him to say that or something. They are always asking for proof, and when we give it to them, they refuse it.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Wow...this is no different than what you see in Jesus Camp or when that little innocent boy was screaming against homosexuals awhile ago. These kids have no idea as to what they are talking about, they are being fed this crap by adults...can you honestly say that at 4 years old you understood a thing about LGBT? Once you give what I would think would be a NO, explain how you possibly take this kid seriously? It's brainwashing at its best!

      November 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • OpposingView

      GodFreeNow… Most teenagers nowadays are fully capable of separating fantasy from reality and are fully capable of understanding that the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are fantasy, while knowing and understanding that heaven and hell are real. It's a sad thing that some adults cannot…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • sam

      @Clausen – what proof?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • sam

      @Opposing – did you really type that with a straight face?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • OpposingView

      TruthPrevails… And you have no idea what you are talking about, and have been fed endless crap by Lucifer who now has you brainwashed. So what's the difference?…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • sam

      LOL 'Lucifer'...oh boy, here we go.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • OpposingView

      Sam… You seem to be itching to tell us that you're one of the many ignorant adults who are incapable of separating fantasy from reality. Whereas most teenagers have no problem doing so. If so, spare us. We really don't want to know…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • sam

      Opposing, I love it that you fail to see the irony in your statement. It's adorable. Just keep watching out for that old boogeyman devil under your bed. Plus, if you're trolling, you're doing a great job.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • sam

      P.S. – who is this 'we' you're referring to? The other voices in your head?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Why don't Hindus see Jesus when they have a near death experience?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Clausen: You Moron!!! Damn right you're getting called on this!!! Studies prove that the brain is still very much under developed at this age of child....every child is born an Atheist, children must be taught religion and belief to believe it...just like they have to be taught about Santa and the Easter Bunny. You're an idiot if you think the kid in this video has a damn clue as to what he is saying!!!
      And no, I'm not an angry Atheist. Just calling it as I see it :-).

      November 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      OV: What part of the non-belief do you not get?? If I don't believe your god exists, then I don't believe your gods enemy exists!! It's not rocket science!!! You're not going to convince me...you have no evidence outside of your buybull and that is the only place your god or his enemy exists! Your threats and assumptions mean nothing to me!!!

      November 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'They are always asking for proof, and when we give it to them, they refuse it.'

      this from a group the refuses to accept dating methods, earth sciences, etc and instead claims a kids video is proof?
      too funny.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • OpposingView

      TruthPrevails… If all atheists are spiritually blind… And if you're an atheist and "calling it as you see it"… Then of what value is that which you see?…

      It's utterly worthless.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • fintastic

      @OV.... I wonder how many teenagers really believe in a talking snake?......

      Come on now, we want to hear the story about the devil hiding the dinosaur bones to trick us....... such stupidity..

      November 13, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  3. Pedro Gonzalez

    Why is it Christians are laughed at so much there are CNN articles about the history of the jokes, but if anyone laughs at Muslims, they are the focus of ridicule and hatred.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • sybaris

      Nobody is stopping you from laughing at anyone

      November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Carlos Chino

    Reblogged this on Carlos Chino and commented:
    Add your thoughts here... (optional)

    November 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  5. HappyG

    Can't everybody "Just Get Along!". Christians and Non-Christians,Jews and Non-Jews,Muslams and Non Muslams,Athiests and Non- Athiests,I could go on and on...Personally, I think the world has more important things to worry about than " who is right ? "

    November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • sybaris

      Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

      President Bush used his military to invade Iraq.

      Result: Tens of thousands of dead innocent Iraqi civilians

      Why did Bush invade Iraq?

      Because he believed his god told him it was the right thing to do.

      As long as we have people in power who believe that invisible sky fairies whisper instructions in their ear we people who practice reason and logic have a moral obligation to prevent them from harming other people in the name of their god.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  6. Bible Clown©

    We joke because we can . . . now. One day soon the Inquisition will come looking for us, but since we omitted Mitt, not for four more years at least.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  7. Bogalusa

    A man once stood up in a boat in Shreveport and said,"If there is a God, have Him strike me dead." God was in a joking mood and He took him up on it. The name of the lake was Cross lake.

    True story....God has a great sense of humor

    November 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      A man once posted an anecdote on a blog and claimed it was proof of a spernatural being.

      True story

      November 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      A man once posted an anecdote on a blog and claimed it was proof of a supernatural being.

      True story

      November 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Bob the Builder

      Bogulusa,

      My neighbor's teenaged kid stood up on the top of their roof during a thunderstorm a couple of years ago shouting, "If there's a 'God', let him strike me!" He came down after about an hour, unscathed. I think they sent him to psychological counseling.

      True story ... the street does not have a superst'ition-inspired name, though - sorry.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Pedro Gonzalez

      A man once filled a jar with urine and placed a statue of Jesus into it and called it art and the US federal government paid this artist to continue his work and Liberals thought of it as free speech. True story.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      it is free speech

      November 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  8. MagicPanties

    salamis 6:13

    for the invisible pink unicorn watches over the way of the leprechaun, but the way of santa leads to more presents

    November 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • whocares

      Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only
      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christian
      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, catholicism and church history – but still call yourself a Christian

      November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  9. Jay

    A decade before Monty Python's Life of Brian, there was Irish comedian Dave Allen who mocked the Catholic religion. We need to be able to mock all of them without fear of death from the Taliban-esque defenders of the faith.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • fintastic

      @buck............ please explain this "fakery" you mentioned.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  10. Buck

    Since science has proven evolution to be 'true' with all of it's fakery and we all came from a cosmic egg and then monkeys, then does this mean that when we die we really turn into dust and that's it? Or is there really going to be a resurrection of the dead and some kind of judgment??

    November 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      We live within the celestial voids while the elemental gods live inside the terrestrial bounds and inside all things living within the celestial voids.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • fintastic

      @buck............ please explain this "fakery" you mentioned.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • sam

      Something tells me Buck is an instant away from insisting that fossils were planted by the devil to fool us...

      November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Roger

      When I die, I'm going to turn into 47 fluffy bunnies.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • OpposingView

      For those of you who believe in evolution, the most important question you should be asking the scientists is if you believe in their theories and if it turns out they're wrong and you end up in hell, would they be able to come to hell and get you out? If the answer to that question is No, then why do you put so much faith in them then? Why not put your faith in the one person who can actually save you from the pit of hell, and could even get you out if you went there: Jesus Christ...

      November 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Star Stuff

      OpposingView,
      "would they [scientists] be able to come to hell and get you out?"

      Actually, there is more substance to the fantasy that one day scientists will figure out a way to go back in time and "resurrect" people if they want to. No god necessary.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  11. correctlycenter

    Jesus Christ will be our Judge someday soon, will the eternal, everlasting "joke" be on you?

    November 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I would never punish my worst enemy the way you claim your all-loving, moral, just and merciful god is going to do to me.

      Doesn't that make me more "loving, moral, just and merciful"?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • James

      Great, and then what? Live forever in fairy town? Your greed to live forever blinds you to reality.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Madtown

      "I've never heard of Jesus, why is he qualified to judge me on anything?"

      -Yours,
      A primitive Australian Aboriginal

      November 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Rick Shultz

      To: Blessed are the cheesemakers.

      No, it does not make you more loving, moral, just or merciful. It just makes another loud, arrogant, irritating, self-righteous atheist.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Rick,

      Why does it make you so mad that I am more merciful than your god? Is it because it proves the christian dogma to be contadictory and immoral?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • sam

      What's the matter, Rick? Testy subject?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • was blind, but now I see

      @Blessed are the Cheesemakers; "I would never punish my worst enemy the way you claim your all-loving, moral, just and merciful god is going to do to me."

      So, I guess your alternative would be to allow all of the present evil into heaven, then?????

      November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • sam

      There's no such thing as 'evil'. Or heaven.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • gager

      Correctly center, you are just repeating what you've been told. You really don't know.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • sam stone

      correctly.....i do not fear judgement.

      sorry to see that you do

      November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Was blind,

      But that is what you think happens now. Jeffrey Dahmer became a Christian and now according to your beliefs he is in paradise. How is that just?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Dudus57

      Oh Dang Blessed are the Cheesemakers.... That was good. Of course his/her reply will be the will of god is allowed to condemn you and christians can preach that all day long as long as it was god and not them. In the end with the christians put you on a pike, it will still be the "hand of God" doing so, otherwise the religion itself becomes the hell-bound

      November 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • OpposingView

      Sam Stone... You may not fear judgment now. But you will. And sooner than you think...

      November 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Exactly Dudus,

      In the end they usually claim that god can do what he wants.....that might makes right.....of course any rational person knows that might has nothing to do with right.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      OV,

      Threats of eternal punishment betray a weak argument.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • sam stone

      OV: How do you expect that people would be able to fear judgement from a being in which they do not believe?

      Repeating empty proxy threats just makes you look like an imbecile. Try to keep up with the adults, okay?

      November 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Rick, I think what he's saying is that most of us, including Saddam Hussein and a bum on the street, have a higher moral code than God. God has minions burn his enemies alive in a pit of fire. What next, is He going to eat us? Just because you are powerful enough to have someone roasted for talking back doesn't mean you should.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  12. rs

    Slow news day, eh CNN?

    November 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  13. w42

    the bible says that only a fool says in his heart there is no God, so what doses this make a atheist?

    November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • veggiedude

      An atheist uses their mind for logical thinking, not their heart.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      It makes one an ungodly fool.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Right.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • w43

      What "doses" are you on?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Colin

      Christians believe the Bible is true because the Bible tells them it is true. What does this make Christians.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Horus

      Well, umm, you are using a source that most atheists believe to be nothing more than words written by men in one region of the planet during a time of far less understanding....so....hmmm.......

      November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • snowboarder

      it makes an atheist too smart to take a collection of myths like the bible literally.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      It makes the atheist a person who believes that his own reason is "infallible".

      November 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • snowboarder

      prime – that is a simpleminded fallacy. there is nothing infallible about an atheists beliefs. it is simply an acknowledgement of the innumerable deities, religions and doctrines invented by man over history.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      The dichotomies of atheisms are mainly formulated around mysticisms of wittiness and nutty professor theoretics ever to stand flawlessly by their 'theory' stands. The maleable claims are their immeasurabilities nature making them stand immovable by ill-traded conscripts of the most high in their atheist folds.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      That is "cult logic" and that makes you a member of a cult.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • the fox

      It makes an atheist correct....

      November 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Cheesy doodler,

      Yes I am a 'cult' of cultured cultivations where my main culture is cultivated in well seasoned monotheism with many sons and daughters birthed from by and thru monotheistic revelries.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • kenny

      someone who believes the bible was written BY FOOLS in order to FOOL BIGGER FOOLS ... duh... looks like they did a pretty good job... for FOOLS

      November 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • was blind, but now I see

      kenny

      someone who believes the bible was written BY FOOLS in order to FOOL BIGGER FOOLS ... duh... looks like they did a pretty good job... for FOOLS

      Yea. Those fools did a pretty good job with their prophecies coming to pass. 100% so far....

      November 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • sam

      @was blind – LOL! Sure.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • OpposingView

      W42… Although the answer to your question is that it makes all atheists fools, the problem is, most atheists are too ignorant and too devoid of truth to even know it…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • RECKONING

      PROPHECY IS A TOOL OF THE DEVIL

      REPENT NOW OR PAY LATER

      November 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • sam stone

      no, w42, the fool is the one who thinks they speak for god. got a mirror nearby?

      November 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "what doses this make a atheist?" Try about 800mg every four hours until you calm down.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  14. Shaggy

    You have data to support a trend of increasing Jesus jokes?

    Or should we just take that part of this article on faith?

    November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      A quick google search using 'jokes about jesus' as the topic turned up 47,700,000 results (0.14 seconds).

      November 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Shaggy

      That is how many jokes there are right now. How does that relate to a trend? For that you need at the very least two data points. One at time X, and later one at time Y. And of course, how many jokes are found in a google search has little to do with how many jokes are in common circulation, made by famous comedians, etc. I doubt too many jokes of any kind were on the internet in 1958 for example.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • OpposingView

      TruthPrevails… You said – "A quick google search using 'jokes about jesus' as the topic turned up 47,700,000 results (0.14 seconds)."…

      Which translates into 47,700,000 people on their way to hell. It appears you guys are going to have plenty of company…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • sam

      Troooooooooooll

      November 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • fintastic

      @opposingmoron....... No one takes you seriously troll boy.

      November 13, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Damocles

      @opposing

      That may not be true. It could be the same guy telling 47M jokes.

      November 13, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  15. Peggy Munro

    I don't know how the world was created for sure.
    I don't know if every word in the Bible is true.
    I don't know what religion/religions know and teach the truth.
    I don't know many things but I do know there is a God as he has made himself/herself/itself known to me in Spirit and has blessed me with the gifts of spiritual sight and understanding

    For those that are dismissive or just don't believe, I say stand your ground. For those searching or are unsure/confused. I say call on God. Ask if God is real. Ask for a sign in earnest. Do so for a few days and see what happens. Each person should have his/her own connection and conviction with and of God and must decide what to believe or refute.

    By the way, Jesus is neither white nor black and is shorter that commonly shown in pictures. His hair is indeed long and parted down the middle. His hair is black or dark brown.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Oh so you knew him personally, did you?

      November 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • John not the Baptist

      @peggy
      And he cuts your grass and cleans your pool for less tnan minimum wage?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • kenny

      what drugs were you on cause i'd love to meeet jeebus

      November 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • OpposingView

      Peggy Munro… I can appreciate what you said, but here's the problem with what you said? What happens if a person asked God to show them a sign and Lucifer showed them a sign instead? How would you even know the difference?

      That is precisely how Lucifer works and deceives people. Lucifer will pretend to be God and will answer prayers and may even show them a sign, all to get you to think and believe that it is God doing it. When in reality, it is Lucifer. And you won't find out the awful truth until you end up in hell…

      God has never told anyone to call out to him in the air. God does not work that way. Instead, he works through the sent preacher. That is precisely why Jesus came to earth and set up the church and chose out 12 apostles. He wanted to establish a precept and to let you know that God works through the preacher. Therefore, to be saved, you must get it through a man (a sent preacher) not by calling out to God in the air…

      November 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Dudus57

      Wait.... So you don't know the main facets of christianity... yet you believe in them all.

      Smooth. Very chiristian of you to admit you know know thing and everything about nothing and everything at the same time. I'm gonna pick a side for you, it will take less thought from you and we all know what you don;t know know.

      You far just north of "true cult like". This means your willing to believe outlandish stories to a point where it runs your life. You don;t internally doubt things you are told by members of authority. "Hey KKK, got one for ya, easy pickins!"

      November 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  16. Educate yourself with Open Mind !

    In Quran God speaks to the whole humanity ....

    “Proclaim, He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him." [112:1]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is. [19:35]

    ‘They said, "You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided." Say, "We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an idol worshiper." [2:135]

    God will say, "O Jesus, son of Mary did you say to the people, `Make me and my mother idols beside God?' " He will say, "Be You glorified. I could not utter what was not right. Had I said it, You already would have known it. You know my thoughts, and I do not know Your thoughts. You know all the secrets.[5:116]

    The Messiah, son of Mary is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate! [5:75]

    (they are condemned) for disbelieving and uttering about Mary a gross lie. [4:156]

    Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous. Quran [5:46]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Horus

      If you can read any "scripture" written by man with an "open mind" and still turn around and confine your thinking to that doctrine than you haven't really opened your mind.......

      November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • John

      Your own verses you posted, prove Mo ham head lied. Here he claims the Torah and Gospels are right:

      Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous
      scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light,
      and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its
      guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous. Quran [5:46]

      And here Mo ham head claims they're wrong:

      ‘They said, "You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided." Say,
      "We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an
      idol worshiper." [2:135]

      I would buy toi let paper with Mo ham head pictures on every sheet. Do you sell those in your religion?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • was blind, but now I see

      What do you mean he never was an idol worshipper?

      "And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, [even] Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac."

      Joshua 24:2-3

      November 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  17. sean

    If we all paid more attention to the message of Christianity and little less time shouting down the idea of religion then maybe we could find a better way to live with one another. The message is simple, be nice to each other and when you work, work well. All the rest will tend to itself.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Peggy Munro

      I agree with you wholeheartedly.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Horus

      And that message needs to be delivered within the framework of one of many religions conjured up by man why? It is perfectly rational to arrive at the same moral code without religion or some god attached.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Except if you're gay, a woman, non-semetic or a fan of shellfish.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Madtown

      How does one pay attention to the word of christianity when they've never heard of it?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • sean

      See, three out of four refuse to understand. Open your minds and your achievements will be greater.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Open your ass and the pleasure will be great. Just don't tell the g man, we all know how much he hates butt action.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Madtown

      sean
      See, three out of four refuse to understand.
      --------
      "Refust to understand what? I've never heard of Jesus or the bible."

      -signed,
      A primitive tribesman in the heart of South America

      November 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • sean

      Madtown thanks for the laugh. I am not looking for an argument. I believe the people who have problems with religion in general need to focus less on the negative aspects of religion and focus on the betterment of man which will happen by living to example you would like the world to take. Ignorance can be cured and religion is not the only way to learn lessons.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Madtown

      Hey Sean, I'm not arguing, just providing some narrative suggesting that any one particular religion cannot be the answer for everyone, on the simple fact that not all humans are even aware of that religion. I agree with what you say about living a life that promotes the "betterment of man". Of course we should all aspire to this. Religion is not necessary for this, though, and it's easy to see how it works against this notion. The "our way is correct, your way is not" historical religious battles undermine efforts toward promoting the betterment of mankind.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • sean

      Madtown I understand your point and it is both valid and true. The "my way or the high way" people are the ones we need to rally against.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Madtown & sean,

      It is good to see people of your statures and relative desires to consider rather than cremate. :-)

      November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • gager

      " The message is simple, be nice to each other and when you work, work well. "
      Sorry, that is not the message of christianity.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  18. Buck

    Did Jesus come from heaven, or one of the many alien planets NASA is discovering???

    http://www.fountainsofthegreatdeep.com/Alien.htm

    November 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • veggiedude

      Mitt Romney? Is that you?

      November 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      What lays within the reaches of outer space places is but a sublime mockery of inner space places.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  19. Mateo in Utah

    I blame Evangelicals, Born Again’s, Mormons, et al, who try and shove Jesus down our throats, even religious folks get turned off by it. Take a lesson from Jews... you see a Rabi out walking the street asking if you've accepted Mosses as you’re divinely inspired guide through the desert to Israel. NO! Don't want to be made fun of and mocked? Relax a bit and act more like Jesus would have! Feel free to throw the money changes out of the temples, but leave the rest of us alone! God! Please save us from your followers!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Mateo in Utah,

      Where have you been eating at? People shoveling down your throat? Jesus is the meat of choice and not a 'shovelry'!

      November 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  20. Just call me Lucifer

    Religion is a joke and christ is one of many punchlines.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
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