June 2, 2001, for those who are wondering. Last year it was June 10, but the founder seems to like to move it around so that it falls on a Sunday.
Click here to see the Jesus Day site. I checked it out, and while it’s not really my cup of tea, I have to say that it’s a respectable concept and seems to be a decent charity that, unlike many religious charities, captures the spirit of what Christianity is all about.
That said, I still find it offensive that Governor George W. Bush of Texas proclaimed Jesus Day to be a state holiday last year. Sure, Bush did endorse other religious holidays while governor. A Bush spokesman defended the then-governor, holding that “Bush also has signed proclamations supporting Bahai centenary day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and a Hanukkah celebration.” (Source: http://www.layman.org/layman/news/news-around-church/bush-jesus-day.htm ) Two points: 1)The First Amendment does prohibit any laws supporting the establishment of any religion and 2)Holocaust Rememberance Day has no religious connotation, since the World War II holocaust that that holiday refers to killed 20,000,000 people of various faiths (or of no faith) and is a black mark on history, which is a legitimate observation.
These Jesus Day people, one could argue, are just a charity, but if that were the case, they shouldn’t have an affiliation with a particular established religion—and Christianity certainly falls into that category.
What’s the point here? Well, it’s clear that Bush is beholden to the Christian right; that’s never really ever been in question. His Jesus Day proclamation is just further proof of that. Bush’s attitude toward religious groups is odious, and Jesus Day in Texas offers further proof that that man, even if he were legitimately elected, has no business in the Oval Office, much less in the Texas governor’s mansion.
I urge everyone to use Jesus Day as a barometer for George D Dubya I Bush’s performance. We all know who his friends are. I’m glad to say that I’m not one of them.