In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, what does Faber say about Jesus and what does this say about the controllers of the society?

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What he says about Jesus is that he has been made into just another person in one of the parlour "families."  He has been made into just another character who advertises stuff and says nothing controversial.

He's a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshipper absolutely needs.

In the part where Faber is talking to Montag and is getting to look at the Bible, he talks some about religion.  He says that he himself is not religious, but he clearly thinks that the society has lost something when this has happened.

In my opinion, what this says is that they are trying to remove religion from society, probably because it is one of the things that tends to stir up problems in the society.

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In Part Two, "The Sieve and the Sand," Montag goes to Faber with a copy of the Bible. Faber is amazed because he hasn't seen a Bible in ages. His mind reflects on what the Bible meant to so many people in the past, but now the government has put Jesus in as one of the characters on TV. Faber says the following:

"Christ is one of the 'family' now. I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He's a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshiper absolutely needs" (81).

It seems as if the controllers have made Jesus into something of an announcer for gum and candy, too. The controllers must be mocking him by placing him in certain worldly roles that are insignificant to society. If Jesus can be considered an actor, a commercial announcer, or something less significant than what he stood for in the past, then no one would take his story seriously if they ever came across it. This also signifies that there are probably no more Christian churches left in their society, or very few that might be still kicking around. If there are any churches left, they certainly do not have copies of the Bible for their use and members are probably taught a very condensed and superficial version of Jesus's life. 

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