Cedar Rapids, Iowa—
A local evangelical Facebook group, “Americans For Acknowledging Jesus Was Arab But Not Arab-Looking” has spent the last few weeks attempting to get the hashtag “#JesusWasWhite” trending, spamming Facebook and Twitter users all over the nation to “spread the word.”
However, the hashtag has not “turnt up,” like the group’s mission statement pledged to accomplish. Instead, the counter-hashtag “#JesusWasBrown” went viral on social media in direct response.
The evangelical group’s administrator, Linda Hathaway of Cedar Rapids, returned a Halfway Post inquiry for the group’s perspective on the controversy.
“I don’t understand why this has become such a culture war thing where the Left has to rub it in our face that Jesus was Arab,” Ms. Hathaway said. “We know that. Of course we know Israel is in the Arab part of the Middle East, but Israel is, like, white. And European artists wouldn’t have painted Jesus and Mary and Joseph and all the Bible people as white for centuries and centuries if it wasn’t true, right? They wouldn’t just make that up. And, besides, Jesus saved mankind. Who does that sound like? White people are all about saving Earth and freedom. We want the whole world to be free. Well, like, free where they live. They can’t come live here, of course. Bottom line, America is a white nation built by whites for whites, and we have the right to persevere our nation the way we want it. I mean, Jesus had to be white because America is white. That alone proves it because it just wouldn’t make sense for Jesus to be any other color except America’s color.”