Is this really the best they can do?

Matt Cockerill
Jan 5, 2010 at 7:47 AM

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I suppose the military hegemony of the US government makes the Roman Empire a natural ideal for it, but this propaganda cartoon's blatant promotion of an "obediance-at-all costs," attitude still makes it ridiculous and ineffective. Particularly bizarre is the  fact that this Census Bureau ad is ostensibly intended to appeal to Christians, even though the Roman state murdered Jesus Christ. (Which makes the "Don't be afraid," tagline all the more ironic.)

(Thanks to Tom Woods' Facebook page for the link)

I'm afraid your analysis of this ad is way off base...

Since 78.5% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, and we are just coming through the Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus' birth, it seems reasonable that a good number of people just heard the Gospel of Luke, which details the census undertaken by Quirinius.

I don't see how you can contrive an "obedience at all costs to the American military hegemony" message out of this poster...

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Yeah, it's factually accurate that there was a census at the time Jesus was born.  However, it was a simple counting census, not an inventory of your whole life (the former, by the way, is what the Constitution allows; the latter is what is planned for 2010).  But the state which took the census didn't exactly work out so well for Jesus -- it later crucified Him, recall.  This is not exactly encouraging, and as Matt commented, makes the "Don't be afraid" part even more ridiculous. 

Moreover, if you'll note, Matt never actually says "obedience at all costs to the American military hegemony," as you claim.  What he does say is that this poster clearly compares our government to the Roman Empire, which makes sense given our extensive foreign occupations.

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As a side note, they also make this available in different languages.  And there's a church bulletin insert, which at least notes that the 2010 Census won't fulfull prophecy.  No....you think?

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OK, first, being counted in a census has NEVER caused anyone to be born, unless someone hooked up with a census taker (impressive) and was knocked up. Hmm... maybe this is the change we been looking for, at least in the census. "Give us your name and answer these questions and you get a (insert vulgar sexual reference)."

Second, how did this get through screening? It's almost as slap in face of all Christians.

Also, this administration has mocked Christians (at least IMHO) more than any other administration. How dare they attempt to use this? Remember BO? You had a "Holiday Tree" with a Mao ornament. If anything, this ad should make EVERYONE, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Voodoo,  White, Black, Native American, Asian, EVERYONE, less comfortable taking the census.

"Don't Be Afraid" Generally speaking, I go ahead and expect the opposite of whatever .gov is saying. The only agency in the gov I listen to is the National Weather Service. At least they can't hide when they're wrong.

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I tend to feel this advertisement is a violation of the the 1st amendment's establishment clause, and wreaks of the "god is on our side" mentalality of the middle ages.

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What on earth????   You can't even display a manger scene in public but the census bureau has the nerve to use this type of advertisement to promote the census.   You can BET I won't participate in this obsurdity.

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The simple fact that this administration admitted the existence of Jesus is a total surprise to me.  I thought Obama had take His place.

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It's not a Census Bureau ad, but something from civilrights.org.  Still disgusting, however.

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He drove the "moneychangers" (The FED) out with a whip of His own making.

The very first HR 1207, I dare say....

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