Posted by: Jennifer | October 7, 2006

for christ’s sake

In the words of Major Will Willhoite, “If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny.”

Iraqi Shiite residents of Baghdad’s Sadr City have expressed anger on over a picture of a grinning Jesus they mistook for a Shiite holy figure that appeared in the area after a joint US-Iraqi operation.

Residents found a picture of “Buddy Jesus” from the 1999 film “Dogma” posted in the streets, accompanied by a badly photocopied pamphlet bearing a crude approximation of a US military crest and outlining a US “plan” to subjugate the neighborhood.

“That picture abuses our Imam Mahdi and his holy character, and mocks our sacred figures,” said resident Abu Riyam Sunday, apparently mistaking the satirical movie still of Jesus for one of Shiite Islam’s historical imams, whose images adopt a Jesus-like iconography.

The grinning, winking model of Buddy Jesus giving a thumbs-up sign appeared in the comedy film as a fictional attempt by the Catholic Church to present a kinder and more accessible image of Christianity.

The Buddy Christ, international conspirator.



  1. I remember a woman that had visited Tibet said that the Chinese arrested her and interrogated her for hours because she was wearing a T-shirt that had a picture of the Dalai Lama on it, and that’s illegal in Tibet.

    The thing is… the face on the T-shirt wasn’t the Dalai Lama’s. It was Sergeant Bilko.

    Bilko, Jesus… sigh. The persecution just never ends!

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