Who is this person in your mind?
Would you want him in your home?
Sitting next to you on a plane, or in Gitmo?
Would you listen to his story, what he faces in his homeland;
Or close your mind and turn away while he tells you of the problems he faced.
Would you accept he is as good as you are, or does he seem less than human to you?
If he was behind you in line at the air terminal,
Would you want him strip searched, or even denied the right to fly?
If he martyred himself for his religion, would you call him a terrorist?
When he condemns the super powers for how his friends and neighbors are treated by them, and their client governments, would you condemn him?
When he questions the rich and powerful, because of how they use their advantage to cause suffering where he comes from would you condemn him?
Do you think you could see the world through his eyes?
Or, to you, is he just another terrorist waiting to destroy the USA and our way of life?
What if I told you the image comes from the BBC PHOTO LIBRARY?
It was created by Richard Neave, a medical artist retired from The University of Manchester in England.
He was using forensic anthropology and a skull from the first century Palestine;
To recreate a likeness of the of the most famous face in human history.
Do your answers above change?
If so, why?
Interestingly, if he showed up today looking like he did back then;
Preaching to us almost exactly what he preached to the rich, powerful and privileged back then;
He would most probably end up on the no fly lists, headed to Gitmo if he persisted, and declared a terrorist, by most of the right wing for his anti-consumerism, anti-america uber alles views.
Ironic isn’t it, that while claiming to follow his teaching, we are actually following the examples set by Rome, Caiaphas, and Herod, and sometimes used against him, or his followers.
Politically, Economically, Militarily, Religiously, Culturally, and Spiritually.
Funny how that works out isn’t it.