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Jesus On (Mock) Trial In Virginia

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What would Jesus a modern jury do?

That's exactly what Mark Osler, a former U.S. Attorney, asked while holding a mock trial for Jesus in Richmond, Virginia.


Church members and guests at the Church of the Holy Comforter played the role of the jury and used Virginia law to retry the sentencing phase of the blasphemy case against Jesus of Nazareth last week.

Osler wanted to hold the trial in part to call attention to the state’s use of capital punishment, which has the second highest amount of executions in the United States.

The former attorney-turned-professor believes “that story is very direct that we don’t have the moral authority” to execute prisoners.

So what did the modern day jury decide after hearing arguments from the prosecution and defense council?

While the jury believed the defendant would blaspheme again if not executed, the judge said:

“The majority of the juries voting on that issue found that the death sentence is not warranted. The defendant is remanded to the jailer for the rest of your natural life.”

So based on current Virginia laws, Jesus would live! Hooray! Only to rot away in prison. Boo! At least he'd be alive to appeal. Ha!

What do U think about this mock trial? Does it make U think twice about capital punishment?

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14 comments to “Jesus On (Mock) Trial In Virginia”

  1. 1

    Jesus would be thrown in prison if he was making wine and illegally giving it to people at weddings & practicing medicine without a license for curing the crippled man….

  2. 2

    I don't get why he would be thrown in jail for life? You didn't state what his crimes were.

  3. 3

    How can you throw your imaginary friend in jail? I don't get it…

  4. 4

    as a Virginian, I'm glad this is where my tax dollars are going. God, we are dumb. And of course Christian Virginians didn't give him the death penalty. HE'S JESUS. But if he were anyone else that wouldn't make them feel blasphemous, they totally would. This is stupid and completely bias.

  5. 5

    It's irrelevant. "But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled."

  6. 6

    Re: carisdee

    Uh, I don't think your tax dollars paid for this. Or rather I KNOW your tax dollars didn't pay for this. Reread it.

  7. 7

    Thin the dark herd.

  8. 8

    The point is Jesus had to die unjustly for man's sins. It matters how because if only one person killed Jesus, where's the faith and religion in that? But, "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's…" "An eye for an eye…" "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time"
    How many license plates has Charles Manson produced in all these 40 plus years?

  9. 9

    Whether or not he got the death penalty today would depend on how much he could spend on lawyers. With very few exceptions, the death penalty is for the poor.

  10. 10

    This is so fucking stupid…….Virginia needs a hobby

  11. 11

    The thing is if Jesus didn't die, we wouldn't have been saved. He willingly died because he knew he had to fulfill Old Testament prophecies and because he loves us. It took a perfect sacrifice to take away our sins and his resurrection to prove he is God. Thank you Jesus! Happy Easter everyone! :)

  12. 12

    As someone who lives in Richmond (in fact, only a few blocks away from this church) I'm just going to put it out there that this…isn't news. I didn't even know this happened. I'm guessing it was just some sort of exercise in faith and obviously those people going to church aren't going to give Jesus the death penalty.

    It's really weird that this is on perezhilton…it also makes me sad that it's what my city is being represented by. MORE INTERESTING THINGS HAPPEN IN RICHMOND. I promise.

  13. 13

    The sad thing is Jesus was a real living and breathing person who walked this earth, scholars pretty much agree to historical proof of the existence of a man named Jesus of Nazareth from the Roman Census, documents, etc. But the crowd chose to let Barrabas, a man more dangerous because he had murdered and led insurrection over Jesus whom, if you heard of him in that day you might have seen him as perhaps some guy who was maybe a faith healer and a bit of a zany dude. The sad part is they took a gentle man and brutally tortured and murdered him. If you believe he is the son of God is not necessarily important when you think about the indignities he suffered in the days and final moments of his life.

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    He'd be rotting away in Guantanamo in between water boardings if it suited TPTB.