Jesus Had Been Born 2,000 Years Later in the
American Police State?
By John W. Whitehead
thousand years later … the memory of the
revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee
gathering an army of disciples with the goal of
establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the
magnetic preacher who defied the authority of
the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical
Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman
occupation and lost, has been almost completely
lost to history.” ― Reza Aslan,
December 31, 2015 "Information
narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar
Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered
that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant
wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem
so that they could be counted. There being no room
for the couple at any of the inns, they stayed in a
stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy. That
boy, Jesus, would grow up to undermine the political
and religious establishment of his day and was
eventually crucified as a warning to others not to
challenge the powers-that-be.
But what if
Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and
prophet, had been born 2,000 years later? How would
Jesus’ life have been different had he be born and
raised in the American police state?
the following if you will.
been born in the year 2015…
traveling to Bethlehem for a census, Jesus’ parents
would have been mailed a 28-page American Community
mandatory government questionnaire documenting
their habits, household inhabitants, work schedule,
and even how many toilets were in their home, etc.
penalty for not responding to this invasive
survey would have resulted in a fine of $5,000.
being born in a manger, Jesus might have been born
at home. Rather than wise men and shepherds bringing
gifts, however, the baby’s parents might have been
forced to ward off visits from state
social workers intent on prosecuting them for the
home birth. One couple in Washington had all
three of their children removed after social
services objected to the two youngest being birthed
unassisted home delivery.
been born in a hospital, his
blood and DNA would have been taken and entered into
a government biobank without his parents’ knowledge
or consent. While most states require newborn
screening, a growing number are indefinitely
holding onto that genetic material long-term for
research, analysis and purposes yet to be disclosed.
had his parents been undocumented immigrants, they
and the newborn baby might have been shuffled to a
profit-driven, private detention center for illegals.
There’s quite a lot of
money to be made from imprisoning immigrants,
especially when taxpayers are footing the bill.
school, Jesus would have been drilled in lessons of
compliance and obedience to government authorities,
all the while learning little about his own rights.
And if he dared to challenge school officials, he
might have found himself suspended under a
school zero tolerance policy that punishes minor
infractions (such as doodling or talking in class)
as harshly as more serious offenses (such as
bringing a weapon to class).
to scripture, Jesus, at the age of twelve, wandered
the temple courts in Jerusalem alone and
unsupervised. Today, had Jesus disappeared for a few
hours let alone days, his parents would have been
handcuffed, arrested and jailed for parental
negligence. Parents across the country have been
arrested for far less “offenses” such as allowing
their children to walk to the park unaccompanied and
play in their front yard alone.
disappearing from the history books from his early
teenaged years to adulthood, Jesus’ movements and
personal data—including his biometrics—would have
been documented, tracked, monitored and filed by
governmental agencies and corporations such as
Google and Microsoft. Incredibly,
95 percent of school districts share their student
records with outside companies contracted to
manage the data.
were to ever make contact with the likes of John the
Baptist, he would have been flagged for surveillance
because of his association with a prominent
activist, peaceful or otherwise. Since 9/11, the
FBI has actively carried out surveillance and
intelligence-gathering operations on a broad range
of activist groups, from animal rights groups to
poverty relief and anti-war organizations.
being permitted to live as an itinerant preacher,
Jesus might have found himself threatened with
arrest for daring to live off the grid or sleeping
outside. In fact, the number of cities that have
criminalizing homelessness by enacting bans on
camping, sleeping in vehicles, loitering and begging
in public has doubled in recent years.
travels taken him from community to community, Jesus
might have been reported to government officials as
“suspicious” under the Department of Homeland
Security’s “See Something, Say Something” programs.
Many states, including New York, are providing
phone apps that allow them to take photos of
suspicious activity and report them to their
state Intelligence Center, where they are reviewed
and forwarded to law-enforcement agencies.
as a dissident and a potential threat to the
government’s power, Jesus might have had government
spies planted among his followers in order to
monitor his activities, report on his movements, and
entrap him into breaking the law.
anti-government views would certainly have resulted
in him being labeled a domestic extremist. Law
enforcement agencies are being trained to recognize
signs of anti-government extremism during
interactions with potential extremists who share a “belief
in the approaching collapse of government and the
Jesus used the internet to spread his radical
message of peace and love, he might have found his
infiltrated by government spies attempting to
undermine his integrity, discredit him or plant
incriminating information online about him. At the
very least, he would have had his website hacked and
his email monitored.
attempted to feed large crowds of people, he would
have been threatened with arrest for violating
various ordinances prohibiting the distribution of
food without a permit. Florida officials
arrested a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless
on a public beach.
spoken publicly about his 40 days in the desert and
his conversations with the devil, he might have been
labeled mentally ill and detained in a psych ward
against his will for a mandatory involuntary
psychiatric hold with no access to family or
friends. One Virginia man was arrested, strip
searched, handcuffed to a table, diagnosed as having
“mental health issues,” and
locked up for five days in a mental health facility
against his will apparently because of his
slurred speech and unsteady gait.
doubt, had Jesus attempted to overturn tables in a
Jewish temple and raged against the materialism of
religious institutions, he would have been charged
with a hate crime. Currently,
45 states and the federal government have hate crime
laws on the books.
having armed guards capture Jesus in a public place,
government officials would have ordered that a SWAT
team carry out a raid on Jesus and his followers,
complete with flash-bang grenades and military
equipment. There are
upwards of 80,000 such SWAT team raids carried out
every year, many on unsuspecting Americans who
have no defense against such government invaders,
even when such raids are done in error.
being detained by Roman guards, Jesus might have
been made to “disappear” into a secret government
detention center where he would have been
interrogated, tortured and subjected to all manner
Chicago police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people
into a secret, off-the-books interrogation warehouse
at Homan Square.
with treason and labeled a domestic terrorist, Jesus
might have been sentenced to a life-term in a
private prison where he would have been
forced to provide slave labor for corporations
or put to death by way of the
electric chair or a lethal mixture of drugs.
as I make clear in my book
Battlefield America: The War on the American
People, whether Jesus had been born in our
modern age or his own, he still would have died at
the hands of a police state.
Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written,
debated and practiced widely in the area of
constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's
concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in
1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a
nonprofit civil liberties and human rights
organization whose international headquarters are
located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Whitehead
serves as the Institute’s president and
spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly
commentary that is posted on The Rutherford
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