Okay I get it, the Freedom from Religion Foundation or FFRF is out to remove all traces of Christianity in America and replace it with what they believe to be reason. I understand there are militant atheists in America, hey they’ve got that right to be all up in your face about worshiping, oh, say math. “We pray to thee oh quadratic equation that…” You can finish that however you want. Hey I don’t judge anyone based on their religion or lack thereof, that is between you and God or not if you so want to believe. But, really, awarding a $1000 scholarship to a Tennessee student for dressing as Jesus on his school’s Dress as a Fictional Character Day is dumber than saying spending money with In God We Trust on it forces you to recognize a diety. Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the FFRF, located in Madison, Wisconsin, said, “We wanted to encourage him, and we know the cost of higher education. This is just a small stipend toward that.” This isn’t the first time they’ve awarded a student a scholarship for dressing as Jesus on Fictional Character day, just the latest.
So you want to reward ignorance? No really, I understand you are for Freedom from Religion but are you also against freedom from intelligence. You see, Jesus is part of the historical record. It is not a debatable fact, he lived 2000 years ago and appears in many historical texts.
Even if you discount the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as tainted because they are part of the Bible (usually these militant types want non Biblical proof) you still have plenty of references. Cornelius Tacitus the Roman historian (55-120 A.D.) confirmed the execution of Jesus Chrestus (a misspelling of Christ) by Pilate. Suetonius in the 2nd Century, Pliny the Younger in his histories, Thallus and Phlegon, both historians in the early first century confirmed the crucifixion of Jesus as well. The list goes on and on. You find a strange occurence in history, the closer a document is written to the time it happened the more accurate it has proven to be. This is fact. So if you go back to the gospels you will find they were all written before 100 A.D.; the earliest, Mark, was written between 50 and 65 A.D., well within the time that the writer would have been writing with first hand knowledge of events. Clearly Jesus was alive and well, at least before and then a few days after the crucifixion (those middle days he may have been a bit dead), sometime in the 1st century. He is a historical figure, do some independent research if you don’t believe me. Clearly he lived.
Now whether or not the FFRF believes he is God is up to them, but don’t go filling the heads of people with idiocy that is clearly not true. If they want to award scholarships to those too dumb to make that distinction just tells me they are throwing away money to educate morons.