I know that a lot of you are (rightly) suspicious of government but really, this preoccupation with conspiracy theories is getting way over the top. It's bad enough that a double digits percentage of the population honestly believe that 9/11 was an inside job and that NASA never landed anyone on the moon, but now we got this kook making up complicated conspiratorial ideas about the Roman government, 2000 years ago, conducting some kind of subornation operation on Judaism? This being the same government that regularly derided the social upheaval caused by Christian ideas on recipricol obligation and systematically massacred them in immense numbers over the next two centuries - but really they were all on the same side? And this is pretty much completely based on Jesus' famous quote of "render unto Caesar"? Did this guy consult any theologians - you know, people who are expert in this kind of thing - before he wrote his book?
The depressing thing is that in spite of the contention of the article's author, some people are really going to be convinced by this.
The absurdities so many atheist types pull out of the Bible is a fulfillment of the warning against giving “that what is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6)