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The War on Easter?

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Many will most likely be hearing reports today about a DVD documentary that has been distributed and hidden in churches by volunteers for an atheist organization. The documentary, titled The God Who Wasn’t There, seeks to spread the “truth” that Jesus never existed.

Brian Flemming, president of Beyond Belief Media, the distributor of the DVD, has said, “People go to churches to hide from the truth. At no time is this more apparent than Easter, when Christians get together to convince each other that a man died, stayed dead three days, rose from the dead and then flew into the air above the clouds.”

Though I have not yet seen this film, nor do I have any plans to intentionally seek it out, I would like to initially make a few comments. Primarily, the assertion that Jesus never existed is extremely far out from the mainstream of scholarship in regards to Jesus. No serious scholar, skeptic or not, would make such a claim. Contrary to whatever obsolete arguments are touted on this DVD, historical evidence is strongly in favor of the existence, life, death and resurrection of Christ. To suggest otherwise is almost comical.

I do wonder what the advantage to this “guerilla” tactic is for the distributors. My suspicion is that it may be the result of not obtaining agreements to have the program aired on television. Though, had it been aired this way, it wouldn’t be much of a deviation from much anti-Christian programming commonly seen anyway! I also find the method of distribution ultimately ironic. Were Christians to place pro-Jesus propaganda on private property, they would be shut down in a second, blasted by the media, and trailed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Written by Christopher Butler

April 12, 2006 at 10:14 pm

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  1. Ever heard of the Gideons? The local Baptists leave stuff at my house all the time.

    D. Howell

    April 17, 2006 at 11:35 pm

  2. Gerd Ludeman and Earl Doherty
    http://www.jesuspuzzle.com
    Comical=God/heaven/utopia forever/historical evidence.

    Anti-christian? Here is some stuff to see that there is no link for Jesus’ existance. Oh, that history is so anti. That’s the same tactic the Mormons use. Anyone who doesn’t agree with mormonism is anti. Would you like to be labeled anti-truth? Isn’t that what believing in god is? Sure is.

    TXatheist

    April 18, 2006 at 12:17 am

  3. Christians most certainly leave pro-Jesus material all over private property. I too get church propaganda in my mailbox. Where they should be criticized is if they placed it on PUBLIC property. That’s why this campaign was encouraged to focus on church property.
    “Anti-Christian” programming? Please tell me where I can find this on my television! The only programming I’ve seen that is genuinely CRITICAL (not “anti”) of Christianity (and other religions) has been aired on BBC in the UK. The majority of stations, especially this Easter weekend, were chock full of religious programming. Me thinks you have a persecution complex.

    duckdog

    April 18, 2006 at 4:31 am

  4. D. Howell, TXatheist, and duckdog, Thanks for your comments! You are welcome to post here anytime.

    I think that there is, in fact, a difference between some of the tactics you’ve mentioned, like the Gideon Bible distribution, use of the US mail to distribute Church information, or even the posting of flyers in public places, and the ‘stealth’ operation that you are undertaking. In the case of the Gideons, the placement of the Bibles in motel/hotel rooms is based upon a volutary relationship between the Gideon Society and the hotel/motel management. Using the US mail is perfectly legal and appropriate, though I sympathise that it can be annoying (think of all the junk mail we receive on a daily basis). Lastly, regarding the use of public posting spaces to place religious information, this is a right that is enjoyed by groups of all religious and non-religious affiliation and should be protected.

    If you suggest that these methods are inappropriate, I find that your own tactics (which are often described on your website with words related to warfare, i.e. ‘guerilla,’ ‘stealth,’ etc.) can hardly be validated in comparison. Assuming you have some ethical obligation to the methods of Christians to distribute information using agreements with motels/hotels, the US mail, and public community boards, you must be suspending your own ethical standard in order to mount your operation. In any case, you are welcome to distribute your DVD using a variety of legal and appropriate means, like delivery by mail, or even asking permission to provide copies to churches or individuals, all of which are vastly different than the methods of waroneaster.com.

    In fact, I would really appreciate seeing the video myself. Perhaps we could get in contact and I could request a copy?

    Thanks,

    CB

    CB

    April 18, 2006 at 7:29 am

  5. CB,

    Have you retracted the following claim?

    “Were Christians to place pro-Jesus propaganda on private property, they would be shut down in a second, blasted by the media, and trailed by the American Civil Liberties Union.”

    Mark

    April 18, 2006 at 12:51 pm

  6. Mark,

    No, I don’t retract that claim, as I am indicating through it an apparent double-standard in methodology on the part of the ‘War on Easter’ operation. Perhaps I should have included the words ‘without permission’ though, for the sake of clarity. Here’s a link to a thread of discussion on the waroneaster.org site: http://haloscan.com/comments/waroneaster/141/.

    Thanks,

    CB

    CB

    April 18, 2006 at 4:12 pm

  7. Chris,
    God Bless you. The Holy Spirt led me to your web-page and I was looking for documentarys nothing having to do with you web-page. I thank Jesus for you. The way You write is so easy for someone like me who does not have a college degree to understand. This past month I’ve been listening faithfully to “The Bible Answer man” and love the show but I get more out of the way you write than hearing him. Keep up the good work and I don’t know if people tith to your ministry but let me know if I can send you a little something to help you continue your writings.
    Sorry for any miss spelled words I did not see a spell Check.

    Blessings
    Anthony Edwards

    Anthony Edwards

    June 27, 2006 at 3:57 pm

  8. Anthony,

    Thanks for your encouragement! It is such a blessing to know that these articles are helpful to you. May God continue to grow us both as we serve Him.

    The samples on your site are wonderful! What a gift you have to share. How can people purchase your cd?

    God Bless You,

    CB

    CB

    June 27, 2006 at 11:00 pm

  9. […] This Christian apologist has not heard of the Gideon Society: Were Christians to place pro-Jesus propaganda on private property, they would be shut down in a second, blasted by the media, and trailed by the American Civil Liberties Union. […]

    The War On Easter

    August 28, 2006 at 5:18 am


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