In its ten essays Gay Jesus provides new perspectives on everything from jury duty and military service to sacred books and the origin of consciousness. The essay, "Reject All Authority," is perhaps most indicative of the author's approach. Other subjects include hidden taxation of the poor, the potential immorality of licensing laws, and who should pay third world debt. More
Gay Jesus in not for the easily-offended. In the course of ten essays the author presents new and different ways to look at everything from marriage to jury duty to sacred books and consciousness itself. Perhaps the last essay, titled, "Reject All Authority," is most indicative of his approach. In it he argues that any reflexive obedience to or even respect for authority is a surrender of one's mind. This, he says, is true whether we are deferring to police, priests, political leaders, or even experts such as medical doctors or other titled people.
The title essay starts the book, and asks the question, "What if it was proven that Jesus was gay?" Gillman suggests that people's reactions to this might show a degree of prejudice that they do not suspect in themselves.
The essay titled, "They Defend Our Freedom?" directly attacks the cultural notion that soldiers are automatically deserving of admiration. A true story of a soldier crying in an airport and an airplane full of passengers erupting in applause for the soldiers onboard is the starting point for this look at our cultural worshipping of military service. The author sees it as a form of "mental sickness" when even people who think and openly say a war is unnecessary still applaud young men and women for dying in it to "defend our freedom."
An essay on how to tax the poor spells out a nefarious plan for making the poor and middle class pay more of the cost of government. It finishes with a detailed look at how some of the most insidious parts of this "plan" have already been implemented.
Another essay takes a negative view of licensing and regulation, but not as an economic matter. Gillman challenges the morality of our willingness to jail people for something as innocent as cutting a customer's hair without the proper paperwork.
In his look at how people worship sacred books like the Bible, the author says, "...because it puts man’s invented language above truth or (if you prefer) God's will, as expressed in our hearts and consciences, absolute obedience to any "sacred" words is idolatry. It is no different than worshipping a golden calf."
Other essays argue that third world debt should not be paid, jury duty should be seen as a chance to overturn laws, and marriage should be eliminated as a legal institution in favor of treating all people equally and letting them have whatever arrangements they want.
Gay Jesus (26,500 words) is part of the "At Your Own Risk Series" by Steve Gillman. The essays in these books are meant to suggest new ideas, open minds, occasionally entertain, and above all to encourage independent thought.