Whores and saints, yes, but where the hell is Jesus Christ?

A NEW US study of religious courses at a dozen university shows that:

There is an outright hatred for Christ on the vast majority of college and university campuses nationwide.

Researchers, according to Christian News, surveyed 316 courses on religion at 12 universities and found that only three centred on the life and teachings of Christ.

Jesus: left hanging by US universities

Finding that there was “a war being conducted against Jesus”, the researchers pointed out, for instance, that:

University of Colorado at Denver’s 40-plus religious studies classes include ‘whores and saints’, ‘theories of the universe’, ‘Freudian and Jungian perspectives in dream analysis’, and ‘spirituality and the modern world’ but no electives focused exclusively on Jesus.

The results of their research, published in a publication entitled College Fix, said:

Jesus Christ is – without question – the most influential figure to ever walk the Earth, but professors clearly prefer to offer electives on much more obscure matters.

Those who conducted the study said that there are also notable differences in how Christianity is analysed compared to other religions. They explained that words such as “understanding” are used for courses relating to Islam, but the phrase “critical analysis”, for example, is used in class outlines surrounding Christianity.

They explains that, in comparison to the three courses that did center on Jesus, there were also two classes on witchcraft and shamanism, three on sex and religion, five on mysticism and twelve on women and religion. College Fix also outlines that some of the course titles were so obscure that it had no idea what kind of material would be discussed.

Additionally, College Fix said that the three classes that were focused on the life of Christ apparently all dealt with what others have to say about him, not who Jesus said he was or what he taught.

Take Georgia State University at Atlanta’s ‘Jesus Inside and Outside the Gospels’ course.  It’s a ‘comparative study of portrayals of Jesus as they have evolved over the past two millennia … and visual depictions of Jesus in modern media such as film, television and the internet’.

The researchers said:

If this survey highlights anything, it’s that [students are] not even given the option [to study the words of Christ. Meanwhile the classes that do focus on Jesus or Christianity sidestep his message and teachings in favor of historical context and critical analysis.

It concluded:

Bottom line, universities across America show an outright disregard and disdain for Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, according to this report, the likkle baby Jesus has been kicked into the long grass by Santa Monica’s city council, because atheist activists have finally succeeded in their battle to have a nativity display at Palisades Park scrapped.

Every Christmas for over half a century, the park hosted a display of the birth of Jesus, filling a block with a 14-scene diorama which included crib, wise men and livestock and associated kitsch.

Hunter Jameson, chairman of the nativity scenes committee, is not a happy bunny, saying that a pliable council had been manipulated by:

A tiny group of determined ideologues. It’s a very sad day. The original Grinch didn’t want people to celebrate Christmas.

The atheist campaign began several years ago when Damon Vix, a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, successfully lobbied for the right to mount his own booth in the park alongside the nativity.

He erected signs which called religions fables, proclaimed “happy solstice” and quoted the founding fathers’ arguments for separation of church and state. Atheists ramped up the campaign last year with multiple booths which mocked religion, including a supposed homage to the “Pastafarian” religion complete with its Flying Spaghetti Monster deity. The displays caused uproar.

The atheists were set to create even more rumpus this year after snaffling most booths in a first-come first-served lottery system, prompting the city council to ban all displays.

Said Bob Holbrook, a council member:

It became a war in the park. It was getting out of control.

Vix, who started it all, said he was very happy.

It was time to take a stand. This was a blatant violation of the separation of church and state, the principle our country was built on.

Daniel Archuleta, managing editor of the Santa Monica Daily Press (said the nativity battle pitted Santa Monica’s decades-long liberal influx against the city’s Catholic roots and conservative undercurrent.

Some of the older guard still see it as a sleepy little beach town, whereas in fact it’s a bustling metropolis. The irony of the nativity is that a lot of people thought it was tacky until it was taken away.

Hat tip: Agent Cormac (Santa Monica report)