HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS
Fundamentalist Christians send me hate mail. Religious zealots in ten
cities have banned one of my books. Along with meditation, yoga, and sex
for fun, the Vatican has declared astrology, one of my occupations, to be
dangerous to your spiritual health.
All of these haters would be shocked if they learned that Jesus Christ is
one of the Main High Dudes in my pantheon of gods. They seem to believe
that people like me -- goddess-worshiping tantric sufi Qabalist Buddhist
pagans who hang around with zen trickster witches and espouse a
socialist libertarian political philosophy -- couldn't possibly have an
intimate relationship with the cosmic hero they claim to own. They must
think they have commandeered the trademark of one of the sweetest
avatars in history!
But I do have an intimate relationship with Jesus. How could I not? He was
a champion of women's rights, a threat to the established political order,
and a radical spiritual activist who worked outside religious institutions.
The dude owned nothing and was a passionate advocate for the poor and
underprivileged. He was uncompromisingly opposed to violence and war.
Besides that, he was a master of love and he devoted his life to serving
the Divine Intelligence. I want to be like him when I grow up!
"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle," he said,
"than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." That's a pretty
clear statement of his position towards rightwing accumulators of
property and wealth.
"Love your enemies," he said, "do good to those who hate you, bless
those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." How any
militarist promoting global arms sales and pre-emptive war could claim an
affinity with Jesus is incomprehensible.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!