Jesus, the healer of Nazareth, the enthusiastic lover of his country and people, felt himself called, to deliver the Holy Land from the hand of the cruel Roman, who at that time held Palestine as his tributary province.

His enthusiasm, seconded by a number of faithful disciples and a host of followers, begot in them the thought that their inspired Master was in truth their long-expelled Messiah, the Deliverer of the people, the Savior of the nation.

He threw himself into the current of his people's delirious hope, and, like many another enthusiast and revolutionist, was swept by his ardor into destruction. They acclaimed him in public procession, in the capital of the tributary nation, "King of the Jews!" and he accepted their acclamation. 

It might have been a harmless delusion, had not Rome, at that time of constant seditions among the people, been especially vigilant against would-be deliverers of the tributary province, and especially severe against agitators, prophets, and Messiahs.

That acclamation was heard by the garrison in the fortress of Antonia, close to the Temple. It meant the doom of the acclaimed. He was seized in the dead of the night, and made to pay the penalty of his love for his country and people by a traitor's death upon the cross, at the hand of the cruel Roman.

This is the summary of one of the saddest lives of history, of one of the noblest sons of Israel, which has told at greater length in the preceding discourses of all of humanity. Thus stripped of mythical accretions and ecclesiastical falsifications, it is the Jew's story of the life and deeds of Jesus, the Rabbi and patriot of Nazareth.

If one reduces this to the simplest of terms today, it would be expressed as the MEDIA ran with the story.


Jesus being a Jew, loved not hated the Jews and the beloved of, not hated by the Jews.  Jesus was not tried by the Jews, his condemnation and death was at the hand of the Romans.  He was not the innocent victim of the vengeful persecutions of the Jews.

According to Roman Law Jesus died a traitor’s death (Crucification) at the hands of the Roman Governor Pontious Pilot because of his political offense against Rome.   He was accused of being “The king of the Jews”  which went against all Roman Law. 
Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas (Hebrew: יְהוֹסֵף בַּר קַיָפָא‎) in the New Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus. Outside of his interactions with Jesus, little else is known about his tenure as high priest.

There is no proof of his having died by Roman law a heretic’s death.  According to Jewish Law, there is no proof of Jesus having been condemned, in legal proceedings, for the crime of having cursed Jehovah.  The Jews having had no motive adequate to the bitterness of their persecution of Jesus.

Jesus never having preached a doctrine, performed a deed, advocated a reform, that was not strictly Jewish.  He never expressed thoughts of separating himself from his people and of founding an anti-Jewish creed.

The Church extremeis is permeated with unbelief. The pulpit is harassed by doubt;  to be contrary to history and reason; it knows that mankind is not yet saved, despite the story of a Savior having come.  That mankind is sinful still, despite the story of a suffering Messiah. Absorbing the transgressions of man; that there is not yet peace on earth nor good will among men.

It is the humanity of Jesus that has appealed to mankind, not his divinity.  It is the religion of Jesus, the Jew, not the theology of Christ, the God, that has conquered the world.  Pragmatically, it was Jesus, the man, served to the sorrow-laden, sinful and fallen, this is what conquered the hearts of men. not Christ, the God, who ascended in the sight of man, to take his seat at God’s "right hand," whatever that may be, in a "Heaven," somewhere in interstellar space.

If we just had the old Testament there would be an inspiring biography of a leader and teacher of whom both Jew and Christian might well be proud - the Jew for having reared him, - the Christian for having given him to the world;

If one lives by the new testaments, there are paradoxes. It speaks of the duty of loving the enemy, and does not even love the friend.  It speaks of the duty of resisting no evil, and yet inflicts evil where there is not only no offense but even no resistance. It speaks of doing good to evil-doers, and yet does evil even to its benefactors, the Jews.

Even though on Friday last it was the theme, throughout Christendom, that Jesus died for man, it is my conviction that Jesus has not, as yet, begun to live for man.  If Christians really believed the life of Jesus they would live it, and living it, the Jews would not be obliged to tell a story of martyrdom continuing even unto this day.  


Many claim to be great reviewers of this collection of stories called the Bible.  Especially around election time, and also on death row.  Funny when it gets down to someone not showing up the next day, whether the politician lost in the primary, or the felon earned both the positive and the negative 8.000 volt leads, it seems  “The Bible is always invoked when someone is leaving”.

The most popular version, the King James BIBLE is composed of and has lots of good and bad guy stories, about thieves, prostitutes, polygamy, snakes, good and bad leaders, followers, wars, killing, intrigues, cheating, bribes and fornication, lots of fornication and lots of slayings.

But it can't handle the competition. And many oxymoronically righteous people spend days, months, years and lifetimes to be able to quote the great thoughts, parables and gossip.  Yet these are the same folks who condemn all the other books which contain good information, written by real people and those who support science in other books.  

Historians and teachers have reason to be deeply concerned over the latest actions taken by the Texas Board of Education regarding social studies curriculum standards.  The board has moved aggressively to put its hard-right conservative stamp on what students need to learn about the American past.  

Among the changes made by the board was the elimination of Thomas Jefferson from a list of thinkers who had inspired revolutions around the world.  Conservatives object to Jefferson’s support for a clear separation of church and state.  I see them for what they are, they simply don’t understand nor think in terms of accepting other peoples thoughts and aspirations.
Ironically,  so does the TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD also known as the “ TEXAS TALIBAN”  who recently rewrote history based on their strict religious beliefs basically enforcing their viewpoint on others.  

This is against the basic tenet of Church and State. Nine members of that board, recently were elected in a landslide, since they had bused the churchgoers in to vote them in.

Your kid will be exposed to ADAM and EVE and a snake instead of the proven theory that Amino Acids triggered by water vapor from asteroids landing on the molten mass called earth containing a catalyst that created the first cells on earth. You are building an idiot by allowing this both fairly thinking and its time the states got their own book boards.

Pathetic, I have witnessed in a middle school here, the 1000 page book devoted to the Social studies with only six of those pages about WWII.  We learn from the past to help plan the future….no wonder we are in a mess.  I guess the past and the sacrifices don’t count anymore.  Maybe this explains the dumbing down of the American students in Math and Science levels in the world.  

Lest us not forget, enough strange miracles, to teach Harry Potter a lesson or two.  Harry never parted water, sought plagues, turned people into salt, or did the Zippo lighting fluid burning bush trick.  

Harry potter did his miracles (and notice no mortals were wounded in the course of Potter events), without large rods, no big staffs, just a small 12" Merlin Inspired Deluxe Leather Bound wizard stick made from cocobolo wood.  Available on line.

And for those on a budget with smaller wizards in your house, just liberate some chopsticks from your local Chinese restaurant, some spray paint, and when the paint is still wet, just sprinkle some sparkles on theme. 
Hint: Use Chinese chopsticks, 9 inches long vs. Japanese chopsticks 7.5 inches, shorter and too pointy.

Potter did other strange stuff. Thats called fantasy.  I find that pretty amazing since the loyal readers of this Good Book Club often call the Potter books blasphemy and out of the box.  Thats just it.  Who's box? Not mine.  The Good book has a lot of fantasy. The Potter books taught more kids to read than any school system can and it wasn’t a kid read, tough adult words, and it encouraged kids to read and look up words and learn.

The greatest incentive to reading than the school board ever dreamed up.  The difference, Potter was real fantasy, the religious right promotes fake fantasy. More than the good book did. It got them excited about reading.  And just so you know Shakespeare did a lot of begetting in his books.   

And the Bible stories come alive by Hollywood Standards. I often recall the scene where Charlton Heston, playing a gray haired MOSES, parting the Red Sea, and in his deep bass voice bellowing  “Let my people go”  just after he broke the main plumbing lines and flooded their homes and basements, polluted the water, and encouraged the roaches and frogs to proliferate.  

And in the same movie, Yul Brynner, playing RAMSES, with that stare, his three quarter magnificent profile quoting the memorable line “ So it shall be written, so it shall be done”.  And then proclaimed thats the last time I let a Jew have the keys to the water works.   And the court scribe yelled back  “Hold that thought chief, I just ran out of ink and got to find a fresh squid”.

And how can you forget Delilah (Hedy Lamar  stroking the Black Olive Oil laden hair of Samson (Victor Mature)  and screaming “ Yuck, you smell like a day old salad, don't you have hair spray"?

Sounds like Washington, great hair, lots of stale acting and day old salad oil. So we have to put the whole thing in perspective and that is: 

Acts not parables, Deeds not showmanship and fact, not fiction. Thats the lesson the bible should be teaching.

My goal is to make you think and question. To make you go up, not down. Critical, with a sharp tongue and a bit of humor, thats just me.  I write because it keeps me sane. It's my medicine.  

Others may grab a AK-47 Kalashnikov, some grab a bottle, I grab two fingers to ward off anxiety, frustration and a deep sense of loss, I do miss my soul mate, my wife of thirty one heavenly years, she was my medicine and my life, now freedom of expression, as she wished it, took her place.  She was my best fan. Like I said I am not a sophisticated writer, I am proud to be a Brooklyn wise guy with a sense of humor, thats who I am. This is about what I think.

The problem is the over-believers, “ The flockers”,  as I call them, wish the Church and the State to be the same.  And we only need one set of guidelines to conduct our time here on the earth. And that the United States was born under a specific religious conviction. The only discourse is they think it was born under theirs. I don't think the "United States of Jesus" would fly.  

It is simple, the LAW of the land is the LAND of LAW.  Equal and fair to all.  Religion is the morality of the land is and is governed by choice.  Granted with no morality, people will test the law. They usually lose in some manner.  They have nothing to do with each other. 

You can make a bad choice against the members of your church. People do it all the time, they begat, fornicate, conjugate, and gossip all the time.  And then they are forgiven. (Yea right)  But shoot someone, and see if the members of the forgiving congregation wants you as someone renting the back bedroom. 

Bill Maier once explained the difference in the Christian world versus the Extreme Muslim world. A Christian man gets up on Sunday and hears his neighbor mowing the lawn, yells at him and pays little attention to it.   An extreme Muslim gets up on the Sabbath, hears the mower, gets his AK-47 and shoots the guy.  

I could see in a strong Peyote Vision, the first Bible Hospitals. No doctors, no nurses, no medicines or treatment machines, no books other than a bible in each room.  Radical thinking, thats why we have to have law, to take these children or adults away from the influence of nuts and idiots and get them real medical aid.   

It happened, that a husband and wife decided for their son that he should not receive medical aid and die, as it was Gods will, and he (the child) had little input as to whether he should die or not?  A judge intervened and the parents were charged with neglect.  He received court ordered treatment for the cancer and he is alive today.   Thank goodness for the separation of church and state.

Other children were not so lucky this year it seems, I cannot write about it, because I am not neutral on this.  I exhibit controlled rage, anger and fortunately many of them live far away or I would be banging on their door and bringing the child to a hospital with or without them.

I am very aware of Judaism's Orthodoxy element, the Ultra in some cases extreme faction of the Jewish belief that has its own following as does the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Goth world.  It bothers me. For there will never be peace because of these ultra groups, even my own.  Peace in the Middle East, never, not till these factions understand the value of life, not death.  A belief in the now and not the hereafter promises made by soothsayers, “ Babelists and nutcases”.  There is no next world, make the best of what you have here. 

Live a cautious benevolent lifestyle if it suits you but don't hate, hurt or kill anyone who has not chosen that path. Fanatics are fanatics whomever they call their GOD.  Share bread not hatred,  Amen… and to my Arab friends forget the 72 virgins what in the name of heaven, for sex as a reward, how frickin stupid can you be?   Martyrdom, dead is dead, it’s a lie stupid! 

A group in the Episcopal Church is trying to raise to the rank of Bishop, a known Lesbian. What a stir this caused in the Church!  As long as her beliefs and actions are kept to herself, thats her business. I am quite sure on any busy Sunday in any busy church there are those with many secrets to hide.  After all they are all there to get forgiveness for their sins, aren’t they!   They sure bring them there.  

According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under Mosaic law and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law. 

Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed. When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers.  She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go forth and sin no more.”

What do the words freedom of who you love and inclusion mean?  They seem to be forgotten when controversy arises.  Hmm, we never did this before?  Good to be the first, the masses will flock to you. It would probably bring thousands to their Church, thats what it would do by showing the openness of love and not hate or looking down on some because of gender or sexual. 

The Church comes down hard on adultery, and other common practices involving sex.  And my dear mother would say, “ And they should talk, they are the biggest provocateurs when it comes to deviation”.   Welcome those who think and feel differently, maybe they will change and maybe they will accept, and be accepted.  Like a Bishop has the time to philander 24/7.