Jedi Easter

Jedi Easter March 26, 2016


Hemant Mehta pointed out the above Easter display, set up in the Wisconsin Capitol Building as a form of protest over the other religious displays. It is clearly based on the flyer that I shared here previously. The fact that it relates to religion and Star Wars would be enough justification for sharing it. But I also think it is worth discussing the act of setting up this display for other reasons. There are plenty of Christians who support the separation of church and state – indeed, we Baptists were pioneers of the idea. Does a display like this that might be viewed as stemming from an anti-religious group help make the point about separation of church and state effectively? Or does it come across as an attack on religion which will in all probability prove counterproductive in some way?

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  • John MacDonald

    Both Obi Wan and Jesus were paradigmatically good people, although they did play fast and loose with the TRUTH on occasion. For example, in Star Wars we see the following exchange between Luke and Obi Wan:

    Luke: “Ben! Why didn’t you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.”

    Obi-Wan: “Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”

    Luke: “A certain point of view?”

    Obi-Wan: “Your father… was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and “became” Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So, what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.”

    Likewise, Jesus lied when he told his family that he wasn’t going to the feast, but later went “in secret:”

    “[Jesus said] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast. … But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. (John 7:8-10).”

  • Shiphrah99

    I think it’s funny! But that’s probably not the point, nor am I the target audience.

  • R2D3

    26. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who returns in spirit, giving wise counsel and direction to his young disciple, Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia says: “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!” Read: 1 Corinthians 15:17-22.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Remember, the Force will be with you always.” This statement echoes Jesus comforting his disciples: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).