This is just an issue that has been waved before my eyes like a red flag A LOT lately, and I am compelled to answer, especially when people with relatively large radio audiences essentially say "Jesus didn't know what He was saying" as a throwaway kneejerk sectarian response to a caller's citation of a scripture verse. When the Founder makes a clear statement, and a self-professed Follower negates that statement, I have a problem with that.
I think that we all can agree that the Religious World has taken what Jesus and his disciples taught, and have made complete hash of it. Jesus' diner spirituality is not soPHISticated enough...religion has to try to make it Cordon Bleu. It's rather like Mark Twain referred to his own writing:
''My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.''
The Gospel is water. Everybody is thirsty.
Sugar fags. Candy cigarettes.
Not'nymore. Candy sticks. The little chalky wintergreen-flavored sweets with a pink tip have been bowdlerized to "sticks" with no pink tip.
The kids still know what to do with 'em.
Even the Welsh did, in the day:
And a packet of cigarettes: you put one in your mouth and you stood at the corner of the street and you waited for hours, in vain, for an old lady to scold you for smoking a cigarette, and then with a smirk you ate it. - Dylan Thomas "A Child's Christmas in Wales".
Take the toy guns away, and kids will make sticks go "bang!". And pine cones are grenades (But Magnolia seed pods are BETTER grenades!).
Take the sexist Barbie dolls away, give her a tool kit, and Little Karma Goodvibes will make the pliers and the spanner go to the Prom.
Take THAT, PC!