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Jesus easy to like

Published September 4, 2013 1:01 am

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As an atheist and recovering Sunday School graduate, I love Jesus.

For starters, he never spoke well of religious authorities. His name for the spiritual 1 percent was "whitewashed tombs" — rotting corpses dressed in a veneer of paint. I like that.

Then there's his posse, a rag-tag bunch of boozers, prostitutes and homeless people. Jesus claimed that Earth belonged by rights to them, his "salt of the earth." I like that. Jesus was homeless. His McMansion was in heaven, and he told people that theirs should be, too. I like that.

Jesus was a magnet for adoring women, some of them apparently of easy virtue. I like that.

Asked by the Moral Majority to condemn a woman caught in adultery, Jesus replied that whoever was sinless should cast the first stone. He himself didn't volunteer. I like that.

Rich in womanly adoration but poor in everything else, Jesus taught that the social pyramid would one day be turned on its head. I like that.

To his faithful Jewish audience, Jesus said that the true saint was a Samaritan. I like that.

There's much for unbelievers to like in Jesus. I'm just not sure what his righteous followers see in him.

Ed Firmage Jr.

Salt Lake City