This year, church attending folks of Kansas City, KS are reminding their fellow townies of the True Reason For The Season... by dressing up as Jesus and going about their daily business.
I wish I could afford a round-trip ticket to interview and hang-out with these Jesus Look-Alikes. With any luck, they've started a trend that will spread to my city next year.
According to this article, they were inspired by an in-your-face advertising campaign by atheists to OUT other atheists and encourage a better understanding of atheism in general.
One good in-your-face-back-lash deserves another.
So Jesus is kicking-it in the coffee shops of Kansas City. I'd pay big bucks for a pic of JC in a bar.
I'm afraid they are doing themselves no favors beyond further secularizing the Icon of a fictionalized version of a Scapegoat in a long, long line of scapegoats.
How would they feel about pregnant, single women dressing up as Mary and parading around town? How would they feel about children and teenagers dressing up like Jesus? How would they feel about Jesus in Drag, male or female?
Kimberly Brooks, one of those legit bloggers over at Huffington Post, wrote two delightful articles which include the "The Holy Trinity" (2002) painting above, which is part of a larger work by artist Chris Roth.
"First Person Artist: Chris Roth To The Rescue!"
"Artists Who Heart Jesus"
"Bad Times Draw Bigger Crowds to Churches" NYTimes, 12/14/08
"Season's greetings from the secular side" August Berkshire of MNAtheists for StarTribune 11/23/08
Eat Drink and Be Mary
(yikes and yuck! this must be my most link-riddled post yet)