For several years now I have made it a yearly habit to make a quote from Joss Whedon’s Firefly my motto for the year. One year it was Jayne Cobb’s “Hey, let’s be bad guys,” another it was Malcolm Reynolds’ “I aim to misbehave,” and last year it was “I can kill you with my mind,” courtesy of River Tam. After a little debate, I decided to go with “I’m a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar”- Hoban Washburne. If you’re not a Browncoat, I am not going to ruin the scene for you but I will say that in 2015, I want to take risks. I do not know if I will be successful or not, but I sure will try. Everyone in my social network is choosing one word to describe their 2015 or what they want to define it, and mine will be: soar.
So from all of us at the PJ collective, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2013 promises to start out strong, with Political Jesus introducing a new logo and a new look. Oh yeah, it’s happening. There will be more theology, more talk about comic books & movies, as well politics, local and national.
In 2011, I had rather a tame year; on several occasions there were ample opportunities for me to call out other bloggers for being wrong, and I was just like, whatever, I’ll read your B.S. in apathy.
2012. It’s gonna be a different story. First up, Patheos.
For those of you all that haven’t heard, Patheos has become the Borg of religious blogging; (with a few notable exceptions) with their posts in sounding alike, even their more conservative evangelical sites are quite non-controversial. I didn’t know we lived in a world where all Christians believe in relationality, networking, and theological education…. oh wait….
What’s the big deal about religious understanding? (Peace yes, but under whose terms?- my continual harping at hegemony). I side with David Sehat in this regard, on religious freedom. The USA changed from a country where Protestants were free to establish hegemony to a nation that is free to engage in nonviolent legal, political religious conflict (the culture wars, we call them), where our difference are out in the open, where no one denies them. A free and open space which should resist any form of hegemony, public or free market.
So, I am joining Joel Watts in aiming to misbehave in 2012. There is no amount of money that could lead me to accept an invitation from Belief.Net (yeah, good luck trying to keep commenters there) or Patheos for that matter. The purpose of Political Jesus is for persons to have free access to information and opinions that our audience is interested in. It always has been that way, and always will. It is this principled stand for academic freedom, which includes freedom from corporate influence that causes to ban PJ from its citizenry. Its okay China I’ve already called you out as the next great empire, and you’re just threatened.