Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – a big boondoggle in the “holy land”.

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has launched a $100 million master plan aimed at attracting 1 million Christian pilgrims to celebrations of the second millennium of the baptism of Jesus in 2030.

The ambitious plan was unveiled by a foundation created by the Jordanian government to develop the “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” area, on the east bank of the Jordan River, long venerated as the place of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. Archaeological discoveries of an ancient monastery at Al-Maghtas, Jordan, became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.

Samir Murad, chair of the new foundation, said his group plans to provide Christians access to visit and worship at the site while respecting its integrity.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/12/15/jesus-baptism-site-jordan/

10 thoughts on “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – a big boondoggle in the “holy land”.

  1. I’m fine with this. Jordan has realized that there are flocks of gullible christians who can be lured into shelling out wads of money to go to the sites that their mythological hero supposedly did something at. Good for Jordan.

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  2. Instead of “praise god, send money, ” they have “we had a god, bring money!”

    I guess for an extra 100 bucks they will show you the spot where this imaginary baptism took place. Or sell you a vial of water from the river for $50.

    Ha ha! Gullible fuckers… Probably be lining up by the dozens, taking selfies while wearing their pious faces.

    Religion, the grift that keeps on grifting.

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  3. I guess they have to cash in on whatever they can if they need money. But Jesus’ baptism! I have too many deeply conflictual memories around my own baptism–and of course it’s based on his–this nearly makes me gag. Somehow, I have more respect for “sacred sites” of Aboriginal Peoples in North America with their love and devotion to nature than I do for the Christians’ so-called holy land in the hot semi-arid Middle East.

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