Jefferson Bethke's poem
I found it via elephant journal, a mostly Buddhist online publication, that does its thing in Boulder, Colorado, a famously Buddhist (and liberal) city -- home of Naropa University. [I consider myself to be a Skyhooks Buddhist -- someone who is a secular Western Buddhist who believes we aren't 'just' pushed up from the muck, but somehow "pulled up," a product of spirit or consciousness, or some damn as-of-now-mysterious-and-unexplained thing, too.]
I am, myself, ambivalent about Bethke's poem. I think it nice that he wrote it and filmed it, but I don't think he is precise about his message. He is "trapped" in a meter-and-rhyme scheme that requires quick lines of text -- which has him saying some things that are clever at the price of logic or completeness. Nonetheless, WAY TO GO, Jefferson. Quite an accomplishment, particularly for someone as young as yourself [22 years old; didn't know you were THAT new to the planet].
Anyway, Readers, listen to "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" and let me know what you think in the comment section. In a few days, I'll put up a follow-up post. <-- UPDATE: The follow-up post, Part II, is now online.