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by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Walmart is selling a new set of toy action heroes that go by the names of Jesus, Mary and Moses. These and other “Messengers of Faith” series, from one2believe, has found a quickly expanding market – it’s been picked up by Target and online stores. Their best seller? Jesus of Nazareth. Faith sells, it seems – one2believe will soon offer around 75 products. It’s official, buying plastic stuff has become gospel.

Enter Billy Talen, humorist and political activist whose movie and book, What Would Jesus Buy?, produced and co-written by Morgan Spurlock of Supersize Me fame. While Bill Talen’s evangelism is fake, his activist message is real. Reverend Billy and his “Church of Stop Shopping” regularly goes to rallies and into public spaces to pass on his important message – “We have an emergency here. This is the time of radical America. This is a time when we change things together.”

What Would Jesus Buy? was released in theaters last month. Pass it on.

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  1. chelsea bay Says:

    i saw this movie this past week at our new independant theater here in northern michigan that michael moore bought and is bringing back to life:)
    not only did the movie and message (i was crying and laughing at the same time) – but people were lined up down the street to watch- yeah! Now i just need to get folks like my mom to think about STOP SHOPPING!!!
    Reverend Billy rocks.

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