Fictional Jesus got him in trouble
Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
“Last Oct. 6, I came dressed as Jesus Christ to Anthony Wayne High School, where I’m a junior. I wore a robe, sandals and a crown of thorns (a beard didn’t suit me well).
I was applauded by many, all of whom were amused by my characterization. Receiving a variety of looks and a few comments, my day started off quite peacefully. I was anxious about negative reactions, but mostly I felt proud. It felt good to be that outspoken freethinker for once, and I wanted it to be known.
On most days, dressing up as Jesus would be unusual, but not as dramatic as this situation probably sounds. That’s because this was Fictional Character Day during Spirit Week.”
“I’m sad that such a simple, innocent act was suppressed on this overly Christian continent, but I’m also glad that there’s support for people like me. It is good that an act like mine doesn’t bring a death sentence, as it would have in many places centuries ago and some still today.
Perhaps eventually, church and state really will be separated, and all citizens will be entitled to their own opinion and statement of such, without consequence or segregation.”