Priest Unrepentant Over ‘WTFWJD?’ Bumper Sticker

Dusten Carlson - Author

Aug. 9 2013, Updated 3:46 p.m. ET

An Anglican priest has a bumper sticker reading “WTFWJD?” on the back of her car because: Who cares, mind your own business!

Kidding aside, Reverend Alice Goodman is indeed unrepentant over the sticker, which has been called rude and inappropriate by critics. She says it’s not blasphemous, but admits it is a little vulgar. But she has also ferried Dr. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, around in her car and he hardly raised a fuss.

Just in case you really don’t see it, “WTFWJD?” stands for “What The F*** Would Jesus Do?”

The complaint was first raised by an anonymous reader who wrote to her local newspaper.

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The Bible says: ‘But above all do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.'”

But Reverend Goodman said that her bishop knows full well about the sticker, and points out that there’s another sticker on her car from the sixth chapter of Micah: “Do Justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God.”

A vicar and a librettist, said that she simply put the sticker on her car because of the “emphatic hair-tearing quality of this world of ours.”

She said it’s “not a blasphemy, it’s a vulgarity, an Old English word. [… ] Whoever has contacted the paper anonymously about this has looked at the Hebrew text and the Micah quotation, but has only seen the letter F.”

The Archdeacon of Cambridge has heard about the incident, and encourages the anonymous reader and Reverend Goodman to meet and have a discussion about the sticker.

“Christianity has a long tradition of open debate where people can bring their differing views and share their perspectives,” he said.



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