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Posted by on Dec 24, 2022 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves, What's Left | 2 comments

Christmas for Atheists





Jesus’ message of love and tolerance was shocking during his day — even revolutionary.

His message was so incendiary that he was tried and convicted, not as a religious leader, but rather as a political activist.

Yet, there’s a sad irony in modern Christianity’s lock-step alliance with political conservatism, which stands for nearly everything Jesus railed against. All evidence shows that the man known as Jesus was one of the greatest liberals in history. Jesus embodied the counter-culture of his times. He was the first hippie. He was the original beatnik. He was the radical poet of his generation. And, the messages he preached later inspired millions and later billions, for centuries to come.

Anti-establishment? Check. Anti-government? Check. Anti-religious authority? Check. Against crass commercialization? Check. In favor of communal (socialist) approaches to sickness and health? Check.

Do you really think Jesus would approve of hoarding wealth and billionaire tax breaks?

If Jesus Christ lived in America today, he’d be to the left of virtually every elected public official and person in the clergy. He’d be Ralph Nader-Bernie Sanders-Gloria Steinem in a pair of sandals.

I don’t believe in any gods. But assuming he lived and was real, the person known as Jesus had many good things to say. Too bad so many of his followers don’t bother to listen.  And the greatest irony of all is that many liberals and atheists appear to be his most dedicated disciples.

Merry Christmas.



  1. Well done. Thank You Nolan

  2. And he only started with 12 followers!

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