OK, so PETA have offered money to help the archdiocese of Minnesota if they'll erect an image of Jesus stating "go vegan".
Now, I am fully in favour of veganism, and would be very happy if everybody became vegans. However, there's no evidence that jesus ever suggested that we should be vegans, in fact there's good evidence that he did not do so at all. Also, animal rights proponents often accuse christianity as being at least partly responsible for unacceptable treatment of animals. Therefore, I find it annoying that PETA would propose such a thing.
However, as a utilitarian (primarliy), I can't see why I should oppose such a thing, even though I find it bothersome. It comes down to me as "the ends justify the means".
So, my question is not whether you agree we should be vegans, nor whether jesus thought so. My question is whether you think I'm right to be in favour of the move, despite the fact that it annoys me very much, since it's not likely out of kindness, but purely as to push their own agenda.
With the end of the world (supposedly) right around the corner, I doubt people will care about a vegan Jesus.
Jesus' message is one of love and compassion, yet there is nothing loving or compassionate about factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals live miserable lives and die violent, bloody deaths. Jesus mandates kindness, mercy, compassion, and love for all God's creation. He would be appalled by the degree of suffering we inflict on animals to indulge our acquired taste for their flesh.
Christians have a choice. When we sit down to eat, we can add to the level of violence, misery, and death in the world, or we can respect His creation with a vegetarian diet.
The next 'smart' move would be for atheists to pay for the 'Atheist Jesus'. You can support any idea you like, but, in my opinion, this is a dumb one. Not to mention the fact that it is a big waste of money.
And it's kind of funny that you want a zombie to promote veganism.
I'd say it would undermine PETA's credibility, but it's not like they have any. I take them about as seriously as I take most religions. The irrationality and hypocrisy are at about the same levels.
So really, it's up to you.