Tea Party Jesus
April 8, 2010 1:31 PM   Subscribe

Tea Party Jesus
A new Tumblr blog putting the words of conservative Christians into the mouth of Jesus Christ. I'm planning on doing frequent updates, so check back!
posted by EarBucket (12 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Followed! Few suggestions: The images link to the sources of the quote which is very cool, but you might want to make those links textual because the sourcing is hard to find at this point. Also, the text bubbles are a little hard to read, you might want to conceder putting the joke out of the picture and under the jesuses like hipster puppies does with their puppy pics.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 2:16 PM on April 8, 2010

I wanted to scoff at this, but this is well done. The look on Jesus face somehow seems fitting for the words.

My suggestions:
These aren't just Tea Party members, but right wing loons of all stripes. (Then again, "Right Wing Jesus" is a pretty harsh title, and Super Conservative Jesus doesn't have the same ring to it as Tea Party Jesus.) You have the tumblr domain, and a significant number of followers, so it might be too late to discuss.

I can read the text well enough, but you could duplicate the text (and add notes about who said this, when, where and in what context) after the jump.

Also, where did you get those pictures? In the event you get a book deal (Hipster puppies got one, why won't you?), are those public domain?
posted by filthy light thief at 3:22 PM on April 8, 2010

Yeah, "Tea Party Jesus" maybe isn't 100% accurate, but I wanted something succinct. "Tea Party" is becoming enough of a synonym for "unhinged right winger" that I felt like it was close enough.

The pictures are just random old paintings of Jesus pulled off of Google Images. This is just a whim I came up with today to amuse myself, so I'm not too worried about copyright issues; if I get a takedown notice, I'll be happy to swap out a picture with something else. Getting a book deal is sort of the last thing I'm worried about.
posted by EarBucket at 3:48 PM on April 8, 2010

This is inspired.
posted by Evilspork at 7:06 PM on April 8, 2010

Consider me, and half the office, subscribed!
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 7:49 AM on April 9, 2010

The Daily Show's blog linked me!
posted by EarBucket at 8:30 AM on April 9, 2010

hey this is really funny.
posted by fuq at 6:34 PM on April 9, 2010

It looks like you were right, filthy light thief. "Tea Party Jesus" the book will be coming out from Plume Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group, scheduled for release just in time for the mid-term elections. Now I've got a week and a half to write the damn thing.
posted by EarBucket at 4:57 PM on July 28, 2010

I just found this and am engrossed. Great job. I know it's late but here are a couple things in case it matters in the least after this long, (which it doesn't since you've got a book coming out!)

It would be great if the source of the quote was visible on the front page without a click through. Also, keep in mind lots of these quotes are from people (like O'Reilly) who don't even identify as Christian. However, as a Christian myself I can definitely attest to the fact that many people hold the words of these people in the same esteem. It's a great way to make a great point.
posted by monkeymadness at 4:33 AM on October 2, 2010

For what it's worth, monkeymadness, I make sure each person self-identifies as Christian before I use their quote. It's my firmest rule on the site. Bill O'Reilly, for instance, is a Roman Catholic.
posted by EarBucket at 12:31 PM on October 3, 2010

(Also, Plume spiked the book last month, for reasons that aren't entirely clear. I got paid, at least, so that's something.)
posted by EarBucket at 12:32 PM on October 3, 2010

Too bad! And I happily did not know that O'Reilly identified as Christian. I will check out the site in a new light. Thanks so much!
posted by monkeymadness at 5:44 PM on October 4, 2010

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