18December

Jesus Rebranded

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Between the "War on Christmas" and the accusations that Pope Francis is a Marxist, some people can't seem to make up their mind.  Who better to wage a war on Christmas than the people who want the Pope to be more of a capitalist!  Seems like the most holy Christmas ever was one without rampant consumerism.  (Remember, Joseph and Mary had the nerve to stay in a place for free on Christmas Eve-- sounds like a couple of moochers to me!)
Amidst the imagined attacks on Christmas, Rush Limbaugh and some Fox News characters accused Pope Francis of being Marxist after he said some critical words about our economic system.  Never mind that Pope Benedict had similar complaints.  Everything has been coming up Pope Francis lately, who was picked as Time's "Person of the Year" and was featured on the cover of the New Yorker.  Having been raised Catholic and having done plenty of cartoons about the scandals in the Catholic Church, I'm happy that we're talking again about things like helping the poor, imagine that. Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to comment, share and pray I don't get struck by lightning for blasphemy.  As usual, you can also find more links to news stories behind this cartoon right below this blog post.

Comments (6)

  • Edward

    Edward

    21 December 2013 at 01:25 |
    wonderful satire though some fundamentalist would see this as divinely inspired and the real biblical interpretation
  • ozarkmtalien@gmail.com

    ozarkmtalien@gmail.com

    21 December 2013 at 01:34 |
    WOW!
    I love Mark don't have anything to ad to what Mark said!
  • Mark

    Mark

    21 December 2013 at 17:59 |
    Spot on.

    This year, skip the consumer crap and make a charitable contribution that will help the poor, powerless, and marginalized in our society.
  • Margaret Bennett

    Margaret Bennett

    21 December 2013 at 18:32 |
    Thanks for the cartoon. It is apt.
    And, I just love Pope Francis (and I'm not a Catholic; but an Episcopalian).
    I think Pope Francis might even be a Christian. He speaks like the Christianity that I grew up with--taking care of the poor, etc. (And, he doesn't even wear custom-made red shoes! Wow!
  • loon lady

    loon lady

    21 December 2013 at 20:06 |
    Hi Mark,
    The Pope is totally right about talking about the over-emphasis on capitalism.... and I am a Protestant! Christianity has lost its way with regard to capitalism and materialism. Remember the parable of the seeds? In one, the seed (the Word of God) was snatched by the birds of the field (representing satan's ability to snatch the truth ((in this case about capitalism/materialism)) from those who are listening.) In the other, the seed sprouted but the plant was smucked out by weeds, representing the cares of the world.....ie: capitalism/ materialism. Two things have happened to Christians, both Catholic and Protestant; they have forgotten the perils of riches, materialism and therefore capitalism and in the rush to pursue these things, they are totally overwhelmed by the "cares of this world". For more information look for the PBS documentary entitled "Affluenza" which describes the "disease of pursuing stuff" and its consequences in our health, societies and environments. Merry Christmas and remember that the coming of Christ is the reason for the season.
  • Craig Blumhagen

    Craig Blumhagen

    22 December 2013 at 00:07 |
    Modern day GOP seems to have frorgotten that od's greatest Prophets, Isiaih, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, all railed against the Isrealites for their disregard of God's commands to treat the poor with dignity. It was a "societal" failure, not an individual or institutional one, and in the Bible it led to the downfall of Isreal. We too ignore the poor at our own peril to or societal soul, and existence.

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