I had more to say about this, but I went to bed instead, so:
Christians like to claim that Jesus's message is both radical and hard to accept and follow. Generally speaking, that's laughable, but let's take it at face value for a moment in the context of the prodigal son. (1/x)
Let's leave aside that the idea that it's hard to be Christian in a hegemonically Christian society, built to accommodate Christian norms and ensure Christian comfort, with a church every two blocks that will bend over backwards to get you to join, is somehow "difficult."
Christians claim Jesus's message is radical, difficult to hear, and harder to follow.
And then they make it the most banal, obvious, commonplace thing ever. Forgive people. Love your neighbors.
Christian parable interpretation is an antisemitic Mobius strip, a thread:
Christians: Jesus told the parable of the Prodigal Son as a rebuke to the Pharisees because they hated the idea of forgiving sinners, as evidenced by the fact that they objected to him dining with tax collectors.
Jews: no...? that's not how ANY of that worked?
The Pharisees most likely were objecting to the fact that Jesus was extending forgiveness to people who hadn't actually shown any sign that they were even sorry for doing something that harmed their neighbors.
like, the tax collectors hadn't quit being tax collectors?
Like, men resent every bit of power or independence women get, especially if they're making money from men.
Women are influencers with male audiences?
No, no, replace them with literal sex dolls that men puppet. Keep that money in the hands of men.
No matter how well women, as entertainers, divest themselves of their personalities and provide an alluring blank slate for men to project upon, men always have that bothersome knowledge that there IS actually a person in there.
Okay, let's talk about why attempts to critique (or hell, straight up stick it to) Christianity in SFF often end up being more anti-Jewish than they are anti-Christian.
This was inspired by Jay Kristoff's work, which manages to evoke a whole bunch of antisemitic medieval tropes AND, as a bonus, even shits on the name "Ashkenazi", which is the Jewish term for most European Jews.
But the thing is, Kristoff's SO antisemitic that I don't think it's accidental.
I'm more interested in how it happens out of ignorance rather than malice.
As people from non-Christian backgrounds/traditions/cultures keep telling everyone, the western idea of a "nonreligious" society is a white Christian society with the serial numbers filed off.
and it's funny, because every white New Atheist dudebro out there arguing that non-Christians need to drop their "superstitious" and "primitive" cultural practices and dead certain that he can distinguish between the "religious" and the "secular"...
And, like, I'm not going to police how trans people talk about transphobia, but it seems like when cis people get accused of transphobia, we jump immediately to "I am not a transphobe," rather than talking about whether we *said/did* transphobic things
And making the conversation about whether or not you fit in the binary, absolute category of "transphobe" makes it really easy to shift the conversation away from what it really should be about, which is behavior.
Jews for Jesus/Messianic "Judaism" isn't Judaism, it's literally a Christian movement started by the Southern Baptist Convention and designed to be a Trojan Horse that eliminates actual Judaism
Like I don’t know how to make this any clearer: there is no branch or version of Judaism that worships Jesus.
And for the most part, it attracts mostly Christians who was to cosplay as Jews (Jews for Jesus with so much as a single Jewish grandparent are in the minority) because it tends to be very HELLO FELLOW KIDS