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Roman legionaires en route to crucify Jesus in front of Capitol

March 21st, 2008 · 28 Comments

You know, I know I complain about DC from time to time, but stuff like this is priceless, and it wouldn’t happen anywhere else in quite this way. Captured on my Nokia N95 a few minutes ago:

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28 responses so far ↓

  • Schlomo Rabinowitz // Mar 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  • Jonny // Mar 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I’m glad he didn’t run me through with his broadsword.

  • Andrew // Mar 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Lookout Technoviking!

  • Carl Weaver // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    That is so cool. I rarely see Messiahs paraded through downtown. what a treat!

  • steve garfield // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Jonny: “Why today?”

    Roman legionaire: “It’s Good Friday.”

    Jonny: “Oh, ok”

    This is brilliant.

    Happenstance reporting.

    Roman legionaires: “We’re not really doing interviews today. We have to concentrate on the crucifixion”

  • Chuck // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    That was brilliant!

    I forgot it was Good Friday too (and I’m not even Jewish).

  • Jim Long // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    you get all the good assignments! :) happy belated birthday!

  • Roman Legionnaires en route to Crucify Jesus in Front of Capitol | Washington D.C. Metblogs // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    [...] Brought to us by the one and only Jonny Goldstein. Jonny and fellow DC media Maker Erik Lang were walking near the White House when they found Roman Legionnaires leading Jesus to be crucified on Capitol Hill. Just like in the Bible. Click here to see the video. [...]

  • Chumworth // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    well, i imagine crucifixion does require quite a bit of concentration. it’s always nice to see somebody who enjoys his work…

    nicely done.

  • eric p-h // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    “Make way for Jesus!!”

    L. O. L.

    amazing. well done, and timely as usual. :)

  • secret friend // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Great video and “from the streets” reporting! So how did it end?!?!?!?!?
    :)

  • Zulma // Mar 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I think I get it. I mean, it looks like this was organized by some government organization. They look like they were chosen not for their faith or devotion in jesus but because of their Roman Physique. This is what you get when America is such a place where the lines that divide the church and the state are so intertwined ridicule ensues.

    I consider myself Catholic and I am very used to these processions. However, what I am not used to seeing is the fact that he had to scream, “Make way for Jesus” into the empty air because of the lack of devout christians that usually surround such demonstrations acting somber and sad at the fact that today marks the ceremonial day when Jesus fell seven times before making it up to the cross.

    In any case, the laughter by the video maker was a little weird in that I think he was also amused at the re-enactment itself.

  • Jonny // Mar 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Zulma,

    I made the video, and I was amused by the reenactment, partly because I’m not used to it. having grown up in environments where this was not the norm, it just seemed strange to me. And in front of the White House–that just added to the surreal factor.

    Another thing that amused me was his assertion that the procession was happening in order to remind people of the “basis” of the USA. I did not really get that. What did this procession have to do with the basis of the USA?

    Plus the context of all the extremely non-devout passersby added to the comedy of the situation, for me.

    Then there were lines like “Got to concentrate on the crucifixion.” That, I must say, struck me as comical.

    I also felt a little bit of unease. Um….If this is the basis of the USA, where does that leave me, a person who was brought up Jewish and is an atheist? I found it just a little bit frightening. Some of that laughter of mine was nervous laughter.

    I actually find most organized religion a bit strange-not just Catholicism. The various manifestations of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all seem like houses of cards to me. The whole basis of them, I just don’t accept-that there is a god. And my grandpa was a rabbi. He’s probably turning over in his grave. I know other folks feel differently. In fact, I think the vast majority of other folks feel differently (notwithstanding all the supportive comments of this post).

    Anyway, that’s me. I’m definitely open to hearing more about folks’ feelings toward how I handled this.

    I look forward to meeting you sometime, Zulma!

    –Jonny

  • NYFilmAtty // Mar 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Seriously – I’m a little scared that these folks are “reminding people” that this country was founded on Christianity. What is wrong with our school systems that they have no clue that this is not the case?

    Good work exposing the ignorant!!

  • Gerry T // Mar 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    The very BEST part of this video was reading Zulma’s and Jonny’s comments about religion and the video.

    This is the true meaning of open communication and freedom of expression WITHOUT a filter called the BIAS media.

    Let’s see and create more videos from varied perspectives always!

  • Terry Ann // Mar 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I find nothing funny about the situation.

  • Terry Ann // Mar 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Am curious Jonny would you laugh at other faiths (other than Christianity) when they are exercising their religious freedom of expression?

  • Jonny Goldstein // Mar 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Terry Ann,

    I guess it would depend on what they were doing and what the context was.

    I certainly find elements of the religion I was brought up in (Judaism) pretty funny.

    If you want more detail about my thinking in regards to what I saw today, check out my response to Zulma above.

    I wish you all the best as you celebrate your faith whatever way you see fit.

    Have a great weekend!

    –Jonny

    Jonny

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  • Tim // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I agree that the shouting was what put this over the top. Did the Roman soldiers actually shout “Make way for Jesus” on the way to Golgotha? I wonder if they weren’t allowed to give interviews back then, too.

    Sometimes I am scared for the future of our country.

  • EarlJ // Mar 22, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Well,
    as an atheist, you above all should appreciate the fact that the country is built on the foundations of religious “freedom” as identified in the Declaration of Independence … not on any specific religion… so, if you would rather move to a spot where a religion is required, feel free… of course, in our recent efforts for religious freedom, many citizens have become anti-religion; which is their freedom in this country, although not a widely-held belief in many other countries …

    I see nothing wrong with the actor to want to concentrate on his performance – is it permissible to go to an on-location shoot of a major Hollywood production and ask the actors there, “Why today?” during the shooting? And of course, without that sort of fanfare and ridiculous behaviors across the country and around the world, many people would indeed forget that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, which would probably not hurt your feelings, an atheist, in any way – except you would lose an opportunity for a Good Laugh …

    Since many were there at the original event to see what was going on – it is not a big leap of imagination to think that the Romans would have to actually shout “Make way for Jesus!” during the march to Calvary … yes, it does strike me a little humorous that he would have to shout it out loud to 1-identify who was coming, and 2-identify what they were doing to the passers-by in one of the most educated, most advanced, and most widely informed (thanks to the Internet) civilizations in all of human history …

    Until that time … Earl J.

  • EarlJ // Mar 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I foolishly used () signs in my first post … here it is again with a little editing to boot …

    Well, Jonnie, and our favorite Latin lurker, et al.,
    as an atheist, you above all should appreciate the fact that the country is built on the foundations of religious “freedom” as identified in the Declaration of Independence … not on any specific religion… so, if you would rather move to a spot where a religion is required, feel free… (wink)
    Of course, in our recent efforts for religious “freedom,” many citizens have become anti-religion; which is their freedom in this country, although not a widely-held belief in many other countries … (wink)
    It is a “freedom to choose your own religion,” not a “freedom from all religious believers” …
    then again, we could start killing and crucifying believers again, like say … the taliban … ( that would be real funny, no? a cross for every believer, and a believer for every cross – coming soon to a town square near you)

    I see nothing wrong with the actor wanting to concentrate on his performance – is it permissible to go to an on-location shoot of a major Hollywood production and ask the actors there, “Why today?” during the shooting?
    And of course, without that sort of fanfare and ridiculous behaviors across the country and around the world, many people would indeed forget that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, which would probably not hurt your feelings, an atheist, in any way – except you would lose an opportunity for a Good Laugh … (grin)

    Since many were there at the original event to see what was going on (no Internet or BBC back then, remember?) – it is not a big stretch of the imagination to think that the Romans would have to actually shout “Make way for Jesus!” during the march to Calvary … yes, it does strike me a little humorous (and sad as well) that he would have to shout it out loud to 1-identify who was coming, and 2-identify what they were doing to the passers-by in one of the most educated, most advanced, and most widely informed (thanks to the Internet) civilizations in all of human history … (sigh)

    Until that time … Earl J.

  • Jonny Goldstein // Mar 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Earl. I love living in a country where everyone is free to practice their religious belief (or lack thereof).

    Have a great weekend!

  • Don Bates // Mar 22, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    “Make way for Jesus!” I’m surprised they weren’t whipping his ass Gibson-style.

    These “America is a Christian nation” dudes are scary – if they had their way, the U.S. would become a Christian version of Saudi Arabia. If anything, you were too polite.

    Great vid, Jon! Hope D.C. is treating you well!

  • Caitlin // Mar 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for providing my Easter greeting card. My Christian friends enjoyed it enough to watch a couple of times over.

    Make way for Jesus.

    Caitlin

  • dahveed // Mar 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Jonnyg –

    I am impressed by the size of your audience. Good going!

  • Luke // Apr 6, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I too, am planning a re-enactment at the Capital Building…on arbor day, I shall personally re-enact the, ah, um, growth of a tree. It could take all day…

  • Gabby // May 12, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Ain’t that a hoot! A stinkin’ Jew laughing at a Christian demonstration.