In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent donors and members of the Chosen People signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Herod Herald that calls on God Almighty to replace Galilean gadfly Jesus BarJoseph for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”
The plea follows months of dissent within the the community over the itinerent preacher's emphasis on what he claims is the "will of his father" — including asking respected members of the Sanhedrin and staffers at the Temple to adhere to a code of morality clause that characterizes certain gravely evil actions as something they have been used to getting away with because an earlier religious leader, Moses, went soft on them because of their "hardness of heart."
In their open letter to the Lord, Jesus's critics say his disruption of legitimate commerce in the Temple, his apparent support for a relative's verbal attack on the Tetrarch's wife, and his high-handed insistence that the Woman Taken in Adultery" "go and sin no more," is mean-spirited and “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.”
The ad drew swift condemnation from his followers, including the apostles and other outside agitators, who said those who signed it don’t speak for the community, though one, Judas Iscariot says he is in sympathy with some aims of the signators.
Among their complaints were that Jesus disregards the advice of Scribes and Pharisees in favor of “a tiny group of advisers recruited from outside Jerusalem and estranged from their own fathers and mothers, threatens the long-term health of Occupied Palestine by adopting a “single-issue agenda” against sin and oppression
“It seems he is going in a direction that is completely opposite where our Roman overlords are going and creating an atmosphere of complete intolerance,” said a rich guy who signed. Jesus, hanotgher rich guy continued, “is just causing a lot of discord, especially with the young people in the Jeruslame.”
“The crux of our worry is that people are going to become very disenchanted and stop pretending to belong to the faith because they don’t like the message, and the message is not the way they lead their lives,”