Crucifixion Porn and Easter

Here comes Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ agonizing death and resurrection.  This holiday inevitably brings out the “fundies” (fundamentalist Christians) who get so pissed about the Easter Bunny, hard-boiled eggs and Peeps.  They always, with shrill intonations, try to remind Christians—and force nonbelievers to acknowledge—that Easter is about the suffering of Jesus on the cross.  “Jesus died for you,” they will say with an implied, “you ungrateful ass.”

I view the sexual fetish of Jesus hanging half naked on the cross as Crucifixion Porn, exemplified in movies such as The Passion of the Christ by delightful Christian Mel Gibson.  Somewhere in the world someone is masturbating to this image at this exact moment.  The worst part is the incessant demand by Christians that we all stare at this ghastly fiction and feel bad!  Jesus suffered, and we should all give a flying fuck.  But I do not.

Divinity aside, let’s assume that Jesus was a real person, and he died unpleasantly for his “beliefs” 2,000 years ago.  Is that more tragic than any example we could pick from in more recent history?  Is it worse to be crucified for your beliefs or to be burned alive for being a witch?  Witch burnings are actual documented murders that were performed in Jesus’ name (amen!)  I don’t know which death is more painful, but it is undeniable fact that tens of thousands of women were murdered by churches over the years.  This doesn’t even begin to touch the torture of so many other human beings, including many that were disemboweled, strangled, and otherwise tortured—all agonizing, evil, and divinely inspirited murders.  Yet still, in the 21st century, nonbelievers are supposed to be moved by the pain of one guy who inspired the suffering of so many others.

These murders don’t even begin to account for the 1.5 million children that will die THIS year because of diarrhea (for fuck’s sake).  Yet again, the shrill Christian anthem about “Jesus’ sacrifice” is mentioned without any embarrassment at all.  Christians in general lack shame, charity and any idea of the scope of real suffering.  Thousands of children die because of a lack of compassion while thousands more suffer the effects of being raped by priests just for good measure.

If Jesus actually lived, at least he made it to adult hood and died for his cause. A woman stoned for adultery or a child who dies because her parents pray instead of taking her to the doctor—these are real tragedies, worthy of shrill condemnation and righteous anger.  But in the end Christians can’t escape their shared word view with Joseph Stalin: One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.

So on Easter, I’m eating the fuck out of some Peeps.  I’m gonna hide Easter eggs and watch crappy cartoons with bunnies that have nothing to do with Christianity in the slightest.  I won’t for a moment consider Jesus, nor will I watch any crucifixion porn.  Life is horrible enough without having to invent reasons to feel bad.

About Edwin Lyngar

Edwin Lyngar is a writer and author living in Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Antioch University in 2010 with his MFA in creative writing and also holds an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada Reno. He is published often in boating trade publications, and he blogs about religion, politics, circumcision, drug reform and just about anything else that might piss off your mom. He is married to Joy Lyngar, and has five children from ages 3 to 18. He is in the process of finding a home for his first book, a memoir, titled Guy Parts.
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19 Responses to Crucifixion Porn and Easter

  1. Sarah says:

    Gotta say, Ed, while I do enjoy your writing, I have to disagree with (at least part) of this one: the part about “Christians in general lack shame, charity and any idea of the scope of real suffering.” I think you may need to find some different Christians to complicate that generalization a bit. While they and I may not always jive on everything, my life is chock-full of folks who 1) experience deep shame and regret for parts of Christian history, but then (partly because of that) are determined to live differently, as Christians, 2) are some of the most generous people I know, and 3) are daily involved with the “real suffering” of their neighbors, at least, because they believe they have to begin there to “save the world.”
    But then I know that for some of them, it’s because they’re actively trying to be a different kind of Christian. So take that for what it’s worth. At least I hope it’s worth something.

    Keep writing, man.
    -Sarah M-S.

  2. Edwin Lyngar says:

    Sarah! I’ve heard this from others, and I understand. I’ve always observed that even people who want to reach out to the poor, for example, often do so to further their religion. People like the Salvation Army, but this group is a radical church group that FORCES anyone who uses charity to attend church–or those people are cut off. Thanks for the comment, I hope to explore this more a bit later.

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  4. Terri Speirs says:

    Hey Ed, a long lost Antioch classmate chiming in. Are you in Des Moines for the aetheist convention? Thought it would be fun to have an non-believer/believer drink, if you were. I’m thinking more about Sarah’s comments too. I have theory that aetheism maintains a lot of the same values as interfaith. More on that later. Hope all is well with the MFA grad status!
    Terri Speirs

    • Edwin Lyngar says:

      Hi Terri!
      I wish I were in in Iowa right now! Sounds like a fun conference is underway. I usually have a lot in common with interfaith communities, humanists and very liberal Christians. They sometimes get peppered when I’m going after “fundies” as I call them. There is a whole line of atheist debate on how to relate to the “moderate” religious folk. Drop me a line if you’re ever in Reno!!

      • Terri says:

        Thanks, Ed. Sorry I spelled athiest wrong. And for the record, I’m with Sarah. The Christian groups I have worked with, including my entire denomination, adopt specific language that the humanitarin work is not based on proseletyzing. I am with you on the Salvation Army, but they do not represent me, or the Christians in my circles. Neither do the “fundies.” Just saying. Thanks for keeping us all thinking! How’s your book?

        • Edwin Lyngar says:

          Hey Terri! I understand; I do sometimes hit an overly broad brush. There are some organizations that do great works, but the ones like the Salvation Army (if people really understood them) do damage. The book is done, shopping it around now. Tough market though. Looking forward to the next big project. Take care!!

  5. lleange says:

    When you die Ed I hope you wont regret of not knowing who Jesus is before disrespecting his history, the reason why you are still alive is because Jesus really died for you, if you wont believe that then you will only believe it once you die and it will be too late for you.

    Godbless you

    “They always, with shrill intonations, try to remind Christians—and force nonbelievers to acknowledge—that Easter is about the suffering of Jesus on the cross. “Jesus died for you,” they will say with an implied, “you ungrateful ass.”

    “I view the sexual fetish of Jesus hanging half naked on the cross as Crucifixion Porn, exemplified in movies such as The Passion of the Christ by delightful Christian Mel Gibson. Somewhere in the world someone is masturbating to this image at this exact moment. The worst part is the incessant demand by Christians that we all stare at this ghastly fiction and feel bad! Jesus suffered, and we should all give a flying fuck. But I do not. “

  6. Edwin Lyngar says:

    A good friend of mine and fellow atheist addressed your concerns far better than I could, so I am going to lift his response to you:

    lleange: You’re fortune to have been born into the correct religion is astounding. Just imagine if you were a Pagan, Muslim, hedonist or Buddhist! Because, like Jesus says, no one comes to the father but through the son. So if your words are to be believed, that “dirty” Muslim and that air-headed Buddhist will be simmering in God’s hand designed torture palace next to me for all eternity. Remember: God is love. Believe in him, or get tortured unceasingly for all time.

    Read the story of the author here: http://www.armchairblasphemy.com/?p=352

  7. Edwin Lyngar says:

    Oh, and lleange, your comment only proves my earlier blog point that your religion is nothing more than a death cult.
    http://www.armchairblasphemy.com/?p=15

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  9. Christians and other theists like to talk about the sacrifice of those who die for their beliefs. I think what your article points out most succinctly, is that the greater sacrifice is that made by those who die for the beliefs of another, especially those who die unwillingly.

    • Ronald Kappes says:

      Christians, Islamic, you name it, martyrs, who die for a belief (not a “cause”) are doing it for completely selfish motives. They are under the delusion that only they & any suckers they manage to coerce along with them, will benefit in some imaginary afterlife. In truth, the death benefits no one. The truly tragic victims are children who have no choice in the matter. Contrast this with the motives of someone who gives their life for a cause or to save others. Whether it is to endure torture & death for not revealing information useful to an enemy (I.E. captive soldiers in wartime) or people who die for causes like freedom, human rights etc. the behavior is basically a quintessential human expression of love. Martyrdom is a perversion of love.

      • Edwin Lyngar says:

        Good comments, both! Dying over questions of what happens “after you die” has always felt perverted to me. Thanks for reading!

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  11. John Manteca says:

    Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not the suffering. Now, I understand that some Christians ineffectively represent the day and ineffectively approach non-believers by turning what should be a day of celebration to a day of suffering but you cant have a resurrection with out a death.
    Smothering people with the crucifixion is just a desperate attempt to hopefully bring some understanding in what we believe in. And almost all the time we are misunderstood. When we show the crucifixion, we hope that the person watching see’s the true definition, the true meaning of it all…LOVE! is about love. (not about his pain being worse than the pain of this world)

    And sure, there’s a lot of flaws in religion (I actually don’t believe in religion). Atheist point out the corruption and injustice very well. But Gods love, law, word, sacrifice is perfect. We shouldn’t blame it, diminish it, not consider it for the evil that we (humanity) commit.
    Have a true relationship with God (not a religion) and you can change the world! (for the best)

    do you know personally any Christians, Missionaries?
    do you (knowing the suffering that is going on in the world) do anything about it?

    • Edwin Lyngar says:

      Sure, I don’t do enough about the suffering of humanity, but Christianity uses suffering to sell their product, like AMWAY.

      When you talk of “missionaries” my favorite example is “Mother” Teresa, the great fraud: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/mother-teresa-myth_n_2805697.html
      This is the kind of “missionary work” all too common from religious institutions. Sure, there are some good ones, but nonprofit organizations not affiliated with religion can and are able to do the same kinds of work without religious baggage.

      • John Manteca says:

        Edwin Lyngar. I’ll agree with you.There is truth in what you say. Some religions and Christian-denominations don’t practice the word of God in its entirety. Catholics being one of them.
        But I’m sure there are atheist,non-religious missionary groups who profit and who fraud as well. As long as there is evil in the hearts of men; this will continue.

        Ill quote from an earlier reply and emphasize a couple words “Gods love, law, word, sacrifice is perfect. We shouldn’t blame it, diminish it, not consider it for the EVIL that WE (humanity) commit”. We are to be held accountable for the choices we make.
        Spread Gods love,mercy,grace and compassion (not religion) follow his command of loving people (not religion) have a relationship with God (not religion)… Believe in God (not religion).

        Philippians 2:1-11 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
        5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
        6 who, existing in the nature of God,
        did not consider equality with God
        as something to be used for His own advantage.

        I understand what your saying.I hope we can come to an agreement. And i hope you can respect where I’m coming from. And i hope that one day you can find God (not religion).

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