Brother Jed Week at ASU: Monday thru Friday, Feb 21st – 25th

February 21, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm
February 22, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm
February 23, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm
February 24, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm
February 25, 2011
11:00 amto5:00 pm

It’s that time again! Time for Brother Jed, aka George Smock, to appear at Arizona State University. This annual event provides enough hostility for the student body immunity to run on for the next year. It’s much like Black Friday for ASU’s immune system when it comes to “old fashioned values” like misogyny, bigotry, and xenophobia. Although he seems to be wearing rather thin, he continues to grace our campus with his presence and he’s brought one his daughters with him this time.

He stated out today by gathering something of a crowd.

As for the big events today, Brother Jed decided to give a long screed about how Muslims don’t fit in with Christian principles—harmless enough, except for when he started wearing his misogyny on his sleeve and pointed out how, “Muslims obviously have much better ideas about how to control their women…” and cherry-topped it with one of his old-dinosaur routines about his wife. He likes to introduce these sorts of narratives and sometimes pointed phrases designed specifically to raise the hackles in the audience. He will sometimes pepper otherwise non-offensive speeches with elements such as, “Well, the women best remain quiet anyway,” in order to get a rise out of the crowd rather than to make any sort of actual point.

Earlier in the day, not entirely related to Brother Jed, a member of the Resistance who posts on this blog, Gadfly, was approached by a female ASU police officer and told to remove her sign. The sign in question, which read “BUTT SEX 4 JESUS” in black block letters on a neon green background, according to the officer was “too aggravating.”

Gadfly felt disinclined to acquiesce to her request and declined the invitation to remove her sign.

The officer then removed herself, possibly to contact her superiors, and did not return.

In finale to the Brother Jed show for Monday a male person unknown filched Brother Jed’s staff-cum-crucifix (aka Jesus on a stick) and made a swift getaway with it. From the descriptions of onlookers, the young man who stole the stave appeared to be quite fleet of foot and although Brother Jed made pursuit at great speed he did not catch up with him.

I must add that I do not condone this act and would prefer that people leave Brother Jed’s person and property unmolested when he visits our lovely campus. While he does open himself up to criticism and ridicule by using the public forum both of these are fair and proper uses of that forum; accosting Brother Jed and taking his things reflects poorly on all of us.

Whosoever took his crucifix from him, if you read this, please return it.

For those looking to join the crowd that Brother Jed and his generous celebrity forms you can find us in Cady Mall between the hours of 10am and 5pm on ASU campus.

4 thoughts on “Brother Jed Week at ASU: Monday thru Friday, Feb 21st – 25th

  1. As a Christian, I appreciate your fair mindedness in reporting. If i had been there I would have joined you in opposing him-he brings reproach on the name of Christ.

    A preacher pursues these qualities:
    “…must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious…”

  2. @sb

    “A preacher pursues these qualities:
    “…must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious…””

    This is from 1 Timothy chapter 3.

    Anyway, most preachers use the same kind of approach that Jed does. The only difference I see is that Jed use more active language and movements to get people to listen to him. So while there are no doubt some ideological differences between your two camps, the actual actions are close enough to be the same. Every street preacher I have ever met has brought reproach on the Christan faith, at least from my eyes. You all stand on a soap box and raise your self above everyone. You shout down people who valid questions and points, and then you will legitimately lie and deceive people to make them believe or get them out of your way. You condemn others while you your self will even admit to be just as bad, if not worse (Luke 6:42).

    To be blunt about it, you don’t care about the truth. You believe what you do because you want to believe, not because it’s true. That’s also why some many of you deviate from the path and act like jackasses. In the end I assure you Scotty that have just as much reproach as Jed does, even if your ideology is slightly different.

    You know I’ve said this once before to some of you, not sure if it was you specifically, but if I die and find the Christan god does exist according to your literal interpretation I have no doubt in my mind that I will see you and all the other street preachers in hell with me. Again to be blunt, the impression you and every other preacher has given me is that none of you are not true Christan as none of you follow the very book you claim to hold sacred.

  3. @EGO

    Good grief, have something to get off your chest, did you? I couldn’t tell how 90% of your post was supposed to be a reply to sb, except for the (likely) possibility that you are responding to some curious charicature you conjured in your head. Never mind the fact that you have some wildly generalized views.

    “Anyway, most preachers…”

    Really? Not sure where you’re from, but get out more.

    “Every street preacher…”

    I’ve come across one street preacher in my entire life, but have known a great many “regular” ones… try them some time.

  4. @tokerj
    “Good grief, have something to get off your chest, did you?”

    Yeah I did actually. I’ve talked with Scotty before (in person), and I’ve found him to reprehensible as a Christan. We’ve argued, civil at first, but after I found him to be manipulative and more then a bit of a hypocrite I got tired of it. There’s more to this post then what you could see at this website. so I can understand why you’re confused about this.

    So to clarify my point: Scotty was criticizing brother Jed when in the end Jed was simply doing what Scotty and every other preacher dose (or at least so far as I’ve seen). The rest of my post was in response to Scotty ‘s claim that some Christan’s are in effect better Christan’s i.e. “he brings reproach on the name of Christ.” In the end, I was simply trying to point out the hypocrisy behind such a view, and how it was antithetical to scripture. Note, he regularly does things like this when arguing.

    As for the caricature, like I’ve said, every preacher I’ve ever seen (I’ve seen probably over 100) does basically the same things as Jed. They may put on a different set of performances, but overall it’s the same story. Everyone is evil, there is nothing good in this life except for sacrifice to your lord, atheist shouldn’t be in this country, I have the truth and no one else does, ect… I’ve been around the US, and it’s generally the same from what I can tell. You know maybe in some small church hidden from view their are more moderate preachers, but so far everyone I’ve encountered has held very similar views. I wouldn’t care, but for two things: 1, They directly attack me and my friends for what we believe or don’t believe; 2, they are politically motivated and have actively tried to remove our standing as citizen.

    tokerj, I get that not all Christan’s are bad. I’ve found many with whom I’m quite amicable towards, and who’s view’s I would not only defend, but may even support.

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