As a sign of how increasingly eccentric and silly a place to work our office has become, one of our colleagues had organised a massive easter egg hunt on Thursday. While sofa cushions were upturned and coffee jars emptied in a desperate hunt for hidden chocolate, I was reminded of two things; first, that our office is peopled exclusively with adults who turn into overgrown children with the appetites of a cluster of super-massive black holes whenever sugar-heavy goodies are made available, and, second, that none of the traditional symbols of this apparently christian festival have got anything to do with christianity. Forever dodging the questions of exactly what relevance the eggs and bunny rabbits of the pagan celebrations usurped by Team Carpenter have to easter, they will instead try to divert your attention to the one and only symbol they have got; a symbol of the boundless love that the one true god (apart from all the others) has for anyone prepared to devote themselves to his service in perpetuity – a half-naked, Palestinian torture-victim nailed to a tree.

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Comment by Kris King on May 20, 2012 at 7:12am

Belter of a reply there, Dalton, thank you!

I agree that, in context of all of the things one associates with christianity, a man nailed to a tree is not all that awful.  The incessant desire to control the reproductive lives and rights of the congregation (particular the female half) has had probably a far more detrimental effect on people than any symbol of torture and death.  And, as you say, the legacy of ignorance fostered by the faith has done incredible damage (one need only think of how many lives would have been saved, how many diseases still prevalent would have been cured were it not for the four centuries of scientific stagnation known as the religious dark ages).  I like the phrase neo-Luddite (although we'll have to skip over the fact that the self-imposed religious ignorance we're referring to here pre-dates the Luddites by a good 1500+ years) :)

And I love, "A christian could be accurately define as ‘one who devotes regular study to pestilence, genocide, intolerance, and holocaust, with a fervent desire to see same occur within their lifetime" ... nice :)

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on May 18, 2012 at 9:24am

Dalton, that was well done.

Comment by Kris King on April 10, 2012 at 7:25pm

Thank you Sandi, very kind of you to say so.  And Glen, I think that might be the most eloquently oblique comment I've ever had, and for that I must declare my love for you :)

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on April 10, 2012 at 10:39am

Presume not thyself Kris King to scan. The proper study of dead Jew on a stick is man.

Comment by Sandi on April 10, 2012 at 9:28am

Well written as usual and a great laugh. I don't care what nationality was on the stick, it works either way.

Comment by Kris King on April 10, 2012 at 7:32am

You're free to "think not", but it is rather presumptuous for someone who doesn't know me ... if jesus had been from New Zealand I'd have quite happily called the post "Dead Kiwi On A Stick" (feel free to substitute for other nationalities, religious adherences, or other backgrounds that provide suitable adjectives as you feel applicable).  The title is intended to do nothing other than state a simple fact.

I admit that it can be seen as a mite provocative, and I could have chosen others; "Dead Palestinian On A Stick", "Dead God On A Stick", or even "Dead Man On A Stick" would all have been as factually accurate, but none of them felt as if they had the same kind of pleasing phonetic rhythm to me.  But that's all rather a distraction anyway, because if someone is putting focus on the second word, rather than the first and last ones (and the ideas and images embodied by all the words combined), then they're hugely missing the point.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on April 9, 2012 at 10:52pm

Kris-Dead Jew on a stick. Does that diminish and denigrate the theists' practices to the same extent as dead Kiwi or English or Scot on a stick? If that was the history instead of what it is or it is purported to be, would you make known his ancestry.

I think not. Your title is rather like the catholic refrain of who killed christ.

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