Short stories and essays by Shaun Costello, as well as excerpts from manuscripts in progress.

CHRISTIAN AMERICA

CHRISTIAN AMERICA

Revisionist History, Pulp Fiction, and new set of Graphite Irons.

By Shaun Costello

 Bewildering as it might seem to those who actually take the time to think about it, not to mention the efforts of founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson who tried to prevent it, America considers itself a Christian Nation. Even though prayer in public schools has long since been abolished, and federal funding of faith based activities is allegedly monitored by our three branches of government; during the almost two hundred years preceding the implementation these much-needed and often questioned safeguards, Christianity sank its teeth so far into the fabric of our Nation that removing the embedded dental debris is now impossible. The idea of deleting slogans like “In God We Trust” from our money, or public buildings would be political suicide to any enterprising public servant foolish enough to suggest it. And that’s OK, I guess – what harm does it do? But Fundamentalist Christians not only want to propagate their beliefs, at the public expense, they want America to have a National Religion – theirs. And a set of laws based on their beliefs. The  Florida Senate is in the midst of debating legislation the would make it illegal to obtain an abortion, regardless of the  circumstances of the pregnancy, without the pregnant woman involved first seeing a sonogram image of the fetus. Perhaps the woman in question should also be required to view the Shroud of Turin.

Christians have an exaggerated sense of entitlement regarding their relationship with America – basically that it belongs to them, and coloring their chronicle as the stalwart founders and defenders of the nation, any which way they choose, is their birth-right. But, it’s not just revisionist meanderings about American history that intrigues and befuddles them, but the history of their own religion, as well. Ninety percent of Christians think Jesus (if there was such a person) spoke Hebrew. Of course, the lingua franca of that time and place would have been Aramaic, but simple facts such as that seem unimportant to the true believer. Eighty percent of all Christians believe that Saint Paul (if there really was such a person) was a contemporary of Jesus. Of course, the person historically known as Saint Paul, who is alleged to have been born in 67 AD (AD-that’s after the death of Christ – for those keeping score), was more likely to have been several different people, who lived and successfully propagated and propagandized the neo-messianic political cult that became known as Christianity, between the mid-first century, and two hundred years after the death of the aforementioned Jesus.

And those Gospel guys; Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John – whom almost all Christians believe to have authored those compelling stories, signed in their Anglicized noms de plume. Of course, these

 stories were gleaned from folk lore handed down over several centuries, and compiled by medieval monks into the volumes that became known as the New Covenant, or New Testament.

Christianity got its first big break at the conversion of Emperor Constantine, also known as Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, who issued the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, making tolerance of all religions, particularly his newly acquired Christianity, the law of the Empire. So the missionaries carried the word north, on the shoulders of the Roman Legions, and the rest was easy. The Christian storybook, which was never intended to be taken literally by its readers is, unfortunately, taken quite literally by Christian fundamentalists, who see no reason to question any of what they see as God’s word. They seem to want to force their particular beliefs on the rest of us, but can’t seem to get the particulars of those beliefs straightened out.

I live in Florida, where Jesus, who lives in South Carolina (see the signage), plays golf regularly with Elvis, Michael Landon, and former President Ford. Hey, I’ve seen them, and it’s every bit as feasible as the Christian Storybook, and considerably more entertaining.

 

 

(In Jefferson we trust) 

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© 2011 Shaun Costello

 

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10 responses

  1. shirley

    great post f&f

    October 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

  2. To listen to the Evangelicals, Jesus was born in America, even though America didn’t exist for another 1600 years. The conservative mindset has been trying to unravel what Thomas Jefferson and his associates created, ever since it was created. Perhaps the GOP and the Evangelicals would be happy making America part of England again?

    October 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    • shauncostello

      We’re treading some murky waters here, Mark. These people really believe that Jonah lived inside the whale, a snake handed Adam an apple, the Dead Sea parted (and not just for Charlton Heston), and someone named Jesus walked on water. And they want to run our country.

      October 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  3. Martin Ritter

    Somali pirates capture ships and hold them for ransom. The Israeli navy boards ships, searches them for weapons intended for use against their civilians, and if none are found allows them to continue on their way. That is as acceptable to me as way President Kennedy’s embargo of Cuba when the USSR attempted to position their missles close to our shores.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

  4. Winnin

    I want to be a Catholic:
    They can do what they want as long as they confess to the father and give 10% or so to the church.
    You got all your bases covered just in case.
    In the mean time I will keep growing my Blue Dream and trying to have my Heaven on earth. :-)

    October 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm

  5. xtroxtro1

    What a bunch of horseshit. Pure garbage. Praise Jesus I say. Remember Shaun, you were Catholic once! And then what? You started to act and later direct pornographic films. Then out of the blue, puff, Jesus never existed! Yeah that’s right, Jesus is a myth, the bible is just as accurate as Homer’s The Odyssey and religion is the cause of all human suffering on Earth. Your tireless tirades are getting old. Can’t you talk about something else? Like how was it like on the set of Water Power?

    August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • shauncostello

      I think you must be mistaking me for someone else. After a strict Catholic education I joined the Benedictines, and served as a missionary, tending to the needs of the great unwashed in distant and needy lands. After 29 years of devotion and service to humanity, I made a discovery, while building out houses for brown people less fortunate than myself. While clearing some land I overuturned a rock, and under that rock was a small stone tablet that revealed to me the meaning of life. I had to use my reading glasses because the print was so small. But there it was, clear as day – GEAZERS. And it hit me like Marlon Brando’s diamond bullet. GEAZERS. So I wandered until I found the right location in Saint Augustine Florida, and upon that sacred soil I built my church. GEAZERS Adult Entertainment for Mature Women. And with my band of sizzling seniors behind me, I have been dancing naked for thousands of screaming, smoldering, sex-hungry little old ladies ever since. God works in strange and mysterious ways.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  6. Very interesting info !Perfect just what I was searching for!
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” by
    Groucho Marx.

    April 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  7. shauncostello

    When the Islamic world publically agrees to Israel’s right to exist, then I will look more favoably on the Palestinians. Until then, I will side with Israel. Think about it – Israel’s right to exist. Until you have that, you have nothing. Is it so much to ask?

    October 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

  8. shauncostello

    I don’t really see what Israel, or your obvious dislike of Isarael, has to do with the piece that I posted on Christian America. I have been to Israel twice, have you? I have met Israelis who I liked, and some that I didn’t. The Israeli’s are no saints, but neither are the Palestinians. End of story. Please stay on topic.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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