It seems particularly ironic that jokes about Jesus' "wife" are rampant at a time when Middle Eastern Muslims are allegedly rioting over insensitivities concerning their own religious leader.
A number of such "humorous" comments have been widely circulated in response to a September 18, 2012 Esquire blog post by Charles P. Pierce. Pierce - who describes "the belief of this blog" to be that "the only correct answer to the question, 'Is nothing sacred?' is 'No' – also assures readers that "there will be fun." The following are some examples of the "fun" that readers had with Pierce's Good News from Smart People: Jesus and the Wife post:
I heard that Mrs. Christ once referred to the Apostles as "you people", and that was the last of her public appearances. (Pat Healy)
OMG, 2000 years of nuns, all bigamists. (Phil Malthus)
Next thing you know, they'll be saying his mom wasn't a virgin. (Judy Easley)
"Jesus Christ. Will you please put your socks in the hamper, please?" (Blair Maury)
Pish and tosh. They could find Jesus' wedding ring and his tux rental receipt. Biblical literalists are
going to believe what they want. (Joe Moran)
These are some of the milder and more insightful comments. Others are downright crude. Whereas belittling remarks about other religions are often condemned the world over - belittling remarks about Christianity seem to be tongue-in-cheek "cool" back here in the U. S. of A.
Copyright September 20, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved