Occupy: WWJD?

WWJD-braceletBBC News asks What Would Jesus Do to OWS?

The Occupy movement has become the latest to use the slogan “what would Jesus do?”, something that has been questioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. But where did the slogan come from and is there ever an answer to the question posed, asks Stephen Tomkins.

Like all the most enduring slogans, “what would Jesus do?” has inspired countless rewrites.

There has been everything from political parody – anti-war T-shirts asking “who would Jesus bomb?” – to the beyond parody such as the “what would Jesus eat?” biblical diet plan.

The original question “what would Jesus do?” has been taken seriously by millions of Christian teenagers who have worn it over the last 20 years as a reminder to live their life in the right way. But it’s now been co-opted by protesters outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral threatened with eviction.

Particularly in the US, but also elsewhere, it’s on wristbands, mugs, T-shirts, bumper stickers, necklaces and earrings, though most of those seem rather to defeat the purpose of reminding the owner about anything…

[continues at BBC News]

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    • History channel says it’s an alien human half-breed and his real name is Jamal. 

        

  1. Jin (仁) | Dec 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm |

    whatever your belief system, jesus is a great mythological archetype for a social movement, the magi meaning transformation; however it is alienating for those whom have beliefs outside of judeo-christianity or reject at least national fervour of christian mythology.

  2. Jin The Ninja | Dec 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

    whatever your belief system, jesus is a great mythological archetype for a social movement, the magi meaning transformation; however it is alienating for those whom have beliefs outside of judeo-christianity or reject at least national fervour of christian mythology.

    • Calypso_1 | Dec 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

      Are you saying it is alienating for OWS to use WWJD?  I find it a merry piece of memetic jousting – gentle, humorous, pointing to deeper truth and highlighting hypocrisy, all Christ-like attributes.  Alienating to intransigent, dogmatic, consumer religionists? – Well, turnabout is fair play.  I for one find knavish revelry in mythopoetic polyphony.  Nationalistic fervors aside – Great Joy and Peace to you in these HollyDays!

      • Jin The Ninja | Dec 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm |

        jesus the christ, whether myth or man, has the potential to be a potent transformative figure. it is exactly as you say-  aligned with a true reading of the gospels/ the true christlike attributes of justice and compassion. i bear neither the myth nor the man any ill will; however some people may find it less subversive more exclusive- i personally like the fact that it will upset the regulars/but i dislike that it will alienate non christians, who are already in a position of minority and lacking political power.

        if it sounds like i am of 2 minds, i am , unable to articulate a ready opinion…

        happy holidays to you as well!

        • Calypso_1 | Dec 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |

          I took your meaning as such.  Perhaps I am not showing enough concern for those unable to move past the superficial affrontery –   projecting my own desensitzed nature onto others.  However, most people I know aren’t paying much attention to OWS anyway – all they see are nonsensical antics and are clueless as to what its all about.

        • It can be integrated, but the narrative should not be dominant, the most important thing are the movements own goals; in Latin America there have been even priests that fought in guerrillas, is liberation theology which is based in pure compassion, to help liberate our fellow human beings from unjust social conditions.

          • Jin The Ninja | Dec 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm |

            i have always loved the message of liberation theology and the ‘social gospels.’ some of the best people i have ever met were ursuline nuns who worked with poor and homeless people. contrast them with some of the worst people i have ever known who were also nuns (benedictine). i totally agree that it can be integrated and remain important but secondary.

  3. Anonymous | Dec 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |

    Are you saying it is alienating for OWS to use WWJD?  I find it a merry piece of memetic jousting – gentle, humorous, pointing to deeper truth and highlighting hypocrisy, all Christ-like attributes.  Alienating to intransigent, dogmatic, consumer religionists? – Well, turnabout is fair play.  I for one find knavish revelry in mythopoetic polyphony.  Nationalistic fervors aside – Great Joy and Peace to you in these HollyDays!

  4. Suddenly Spam! | Dec 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |

    Who Would Lenin Shoot?

    Aside from Anastasia, that was a dick move even by Lenin’s standards.

  5. Redacted | Dec 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

    Who Would Lenin Shoot?

    Aside from Anastasia, that was a dick move even by Lenin’s standards.

    • DeepCough | Dec 9, 2011 at 12:17 am |

      You’re right–he should have shot Ayn Rand.

      • Redacted | Dec 9, 2011 at 1:24 am |

        If only. That crazy old woman was still in Russia at that point. I mean seriously, Anastasia is the only real Disney Princess.

  6. Rex Vestri | Dec 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm |

    Jesus is…

  7. Rex Vestri | Dec 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm |

    Jesus is…

  8. Mr Willow | Dec 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    What Would Jesus Do to OWS?

    My guess. . . applaud. 

  9. Mr Willow | Dec 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

    What Would Jesus Do to OWS?

    My guess. . . applaud. 

  10. He’d probably speak in a bunch of metaphors, curse an out of season fig tree and get fuck all done.  

  11. He’d probably speak in a bunch of metaphors, curse an out of season fig tree and get fuck all done.  

  12. Jin (仁) | Dec 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm |

    jesus the christ, whether myth or man, has the potential to be a potent transformative figure. it is exactly as you say-  aligned with a true reading of the gospels/ the true christlike attributes of justice and compassion. i bear neither the myth nor the man any ill will; however some people may find it less subversive more exclusive- i personally like the fact that it will upset the regulars/but i dislike that it will alienate non christians, who are already in a position of minority and lacking political power.

    if it sounds like i am of 2 minds, i am , unable to articulate a ready opinion…

    happy holidays to you as well!

  13. Anonymous | Dec 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    I took your meaning as such.  Perhaps I am not showing enough concern for those unable to move past the superficial affrontery –   projecting my own desensitzed nature onto others.  However, most people I know aren’t paying much attention to OWS anyway – all they see are nonsensical antics and are clueless as to what its all about.

  14. Heltorgoth | Dec 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    What would you do? That should be the question since you are your own person. “What would Jesus do” is irrelevant. Any human/person/messiah from 2000 years ago, once they see society today, is going to kill themselves or kill all of us.  

    But I’m guessing if your a CJF (Crazy Jesus Freak), rational thoughts are not a common occurrence. 

    I think there are four main pillars of deceit, religion, money, education, and government. Through these four pillars the ones in control can bend reality how they see fit. 
      

  15. Heltorgoth | Dec 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |

    What would you do? That should be the question since you are your own person. “What would Jesus do” is irrelevant. Any human/person/messiah from 2000 years ago, once they see society today, is going to kill themselves or kill all of us.  

    But I’m guessing if your a CJF (Crazy Jesus Freak), rational thoughts are not a common occurrence. 

    I think there are four main pillars of deceit, religion, money, education, and government. Through these four pillars the ones in control can bend reality how they see fit. 
      

  16. Aleister Crowley 2012 | Dec 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm |

    Also see the following blog post which asks what Aleister Crowley would do re: OWS http://ac2012.com/2011/12/05/occupy-ac2012/

  17. Aleister Crowley 2012 | Dec 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

    Also see the following blog post which asks what Aleister Crowley would do re: OWS http://ac2012.com/2011/12/05/occupy-ac2012/

  18. History channel says it’s an alien human half-breed and his real name is Jamal. 

      

  19. Jesus was the son of god so by asking this question you are assuming you have the same range of powers as the son of god? Plus he died over 2000 years ago and I’m wondering if he is familiar with ideas such as marketing, advertising, iphones, the web … etc. Is he really the best guy to be asking? But if we’re on the topic of asking mythical beings for help maybe Santa or the Easter Bunny could shed some light on the future direction of OWS.

  20. DrDavidKelly | Dec 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    Jesus was the son of god so by asking this question you are assuming you have the same range of powers as the son of god? Plus he died over 2000 years ago and I’m wondering if he is familiar with ideas such as marketing, advertising, iphones, the web … etc. Is he really the best guy to be asking? But if we’re on the topic of asking mythical beings for help maybe Santa or the Easter Bunny could shed some light on the future direction of OWS.

  21. Anonymous | Dec 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm |

    And drink lots of wine and get his party on with a bunch of prostitutes.

  22. Mysophobe | Dec 9, 2011 at 2:05 am |

    In 3…2…1…

  23. Mysophobe | Dec 9, 2011 at 2:13 am |

    Jesus would ride a donkey into DC on a bed of palm fronds.

  24. Mysophobe | Dec 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm |

    Jesus would ride a donkey into DC on a bed of palm fronds.

  25. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

    And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

  26. BuzzCoastin | Dec 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |

    And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

    And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

  27. Anonymous | Dec 9, 2011 at 2:56 am |

    It can be integrated, but the narrative should not be dominant, the most important thing are the movements own goals; in Latin America there have been even priests that fought in guerrillas, is liberation theology which is based in pure compassion, to help liberate our fellow human beings from unjust social conditions.

  28. Jin (仁) | Dec 9, 2011 at 3:38 am |

    i have always loved the message of liberation theology and the ‘social gospels.’ some of the best people i have ever met were ursuline nuns who worked with poor and homeless people. contrast them with some of the worst people i have ever known who were also nuns (benedictine). i totally agree that it can be integrated and remain important but secondary.

  29. DeepCough | Dec 9, 2011 at 4:17 am |

    You’re right–he should have shot Ayn Rand.

  30. Suddenly Spam! | Dec 9, 2011 at 5:24 am |

    If only. That crazy old woman was still in Russia at that point.

  31. Suddenly Spam! | Dec 9, 2011 at 5:24 am |

    If only. That crazy old woman was still in Russia at that point.

  32. Aleister Crowley 2012 | Dec 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm |

    Nothing yet! How odd.

  33. Mysophobe | Dec 10, 2011 at 2:29 am |

    Yeah, weird. I hope he’s okay. Interesting read nonetheless.

  34. DeepCough | Dec 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm |

    Fun Fact: “Anastasia” was a product of Fox Animation Studios.

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