Christmas is over! Maybe we can have some peace around here!
Since I have another early deadline and no idea what new wars might break out, let’s gossip about Christians!
We just spent an entire holiday season listening to various Christians gossip about non-Christians. “Non-Christians are offended by Christmas trees, you know.” “Really? I heard they melt at the sight of Nativity scenes.” “I’m not surprised. And the way they hate it when you say ‘Merry Christmas’ to them — my word, what thin skins they have! I think they’re all hemophiliacs.”
I don’t want to ever hear one more single person tell me what offends other people. No third-party declarations of offense. Also, they prefer to be called the “Christianity-Free.”
Here’s news you won’t get on FOX: It’s possible to object to Christian images in public places paid for by public funds without being in the slightest bit offended by the images themselves. Of course, reducing all such objections to imaginary offenses taken is very convenient. You can tell people the just have a Weak Constitution. “Have a hanky and go cry in the corner until Christmas is over.”
Actually, because I have some small say about what gets printed in Real Change, religious wars don’t end with Epiphany for me. Submissions come in all year round that speak glowingly of some religious figure or another.
Who am I kidding? They all speak glowingly of Jesus. Apparently, nobody that cares deeply about Ahura Mazda thinks of Real Change when they are looking for an outlet to express their feelings. But Jesus moves people to want to publish here.
Since I have only one vote in about six, I make it a policy not to tell folks how I’ll vote, because it could be misleading. So if you ask, “Does Real Change publish fiction?” I’ll say, “What do you think we are, The New York Times?” and laugh insanely.
Otherwise, imagine how it would be. I’d say to someone, “No, Mr. Manson, we’re not about to publish your ‘If I Had It To Do All Over, Here’s How I Would Slaughter Them This Time’ in 13 weekly installments.” As sure as I’m sure we won’t, that’s just how surely the editorial committee will vote five-to-one in favor of slaughter. Or supposing I said, “Yes, Ma’am, we would be thrilled to print your detailed, explicit, graphic memoirs as a life-long call girl specializing in rare requests,” I can just bet the committee will vote five-to-one against good fun. I’m not naming names, but some people on the Editorial Committee are not me. Not in any way me.
All of that said, I’ve decided to break my long silence on this one subject in order to fill up the rest of my space today. Now, remember, I just have one vote in six, and my opinions are NOT the official opinions of Real Change or any other decent organization.
First, the rumors are not true. I do not hate Jesus. Not only that, but I have been known to vote “yes” on submissions that mention Jesus and say good things about Jesus. I am not bothered by any utterance of the names “Jesus,” “Christ,” or those of His Relatives or Associates.
I am in fact very much interested in your touching story about how you and your pet goldfish Simon and your shared love for Jesus Christ saved you both from the well during the flood. Or how, thanks to Jesus, your 15 years of homelessness have been joyous throughout, or that you don’t even consider yourself homeless because, with Jesus in your heart, wherever you are is Heaven, and Heaven is nothing if not home. It really, really interests me to read things like that.
I do however insist that any submission that gets my vote say something other than, “I’m a Christian; you be one too.”
Take a look at my picture on this page. Does that look like a cheerleader outfit I’m wearing?
By DR. WES BROWNING, RC staff
For copy of actual issue, go to https://www.realchangenews.org/2007/01/03/jan-3-2007-entire-issue