Jon Stewart’s Interview with Jesus by Honora Finkelstein (This article was originally published in the “Network of Light News” column in the December 2010 edition of Pathways Magazine, published in Washington, D.C.) Visionary author/artist/speaker Jan Phillips, who writes a regular inspirational email newsletter called Museletter, was recently inspired by her own muse to create an interview of Jesus by Jon Stewart, the iconic host of TV’s Daily Show Phillips’ piece begins with her saying she’d fallen asleep with her TV still on and had awakened to the interview just as Stewart made a joke that he and Jesus were both Jews, and with Jesus responding, “Yeah, that's one of the weirdest things, isn't it? How could they forget that?” Stewart was eager for Jesus’ opinion about items and conflicts in the daily news—what, for example, did he think about the building of a mosque at Ground Zero? Jesus replies that creating a center for prayer, education, and community gathering would be a good thing, though perhaps an interfaith building where Christians, Muslims, Jews, and members of other faiths could all come together in a multi-tasking community might have been a better idea because, “It’s these distinctions between religions that’s causing all the problems in the first place.” After Stewart and Jesus have explored all the ramifications of an interfaith building at Ground Zero, Jesus tackles border issues, conflicts in politics and journalism, and care for the environment, all with wit, wisdom, and the creativity one might expect of a truly omniscient prophet. Then he discusses the nature of God, of man as a co-creative entity with God, and of how we could solve all our problems if we’d all just learn to love everybody unconditionally—no exceptions, nobody in the back of the bus. Phillips’ piece brilliantly satirizes the fear-mongering of various factions in our modern society, putting to shame all arguments for taking sides on any issue by countering them with the voice of one who was arguably the greatest peacemaker ever to walk the planet. It’s a charming, funny, and rational approach to waking people up and putting all their concerns into perspective. For a great treat, you can find Phillips’ Jon Stewart interview with Jesus on her website, http://janphillips.com, in her Museletter archives for September 2010. And you can subscribe to her free monthly Museletter at the same site. Phillips is the award-winning author of The Art of Original Thinking: The Making of a Thought Leader; Divining the Body; Marry Your Muse; God Is at Eye Level; Making Peace: One Woman’s Journey Around the World; and A Waist Is a Terrible Thing to Mind, all of which are available at amazon.com.