A painting that depicts President Barack Obama as a crucified Jesus Christ is prominently on display at a Boston community college art gallery.
I’m at a loss to describe this blasphemous idiocy, nor can I adequately describe how I feel about this. But, I can offer some quotes.
“The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically,” D’Antuono told Fox News. “My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
So the artist places a crown of thorns on Zero’s head and with Zero’s arms outstretched and the artist says “My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.” Clearly, that is a lie. The physical rendering makes the comparison obvious.
D’Antuono said the conservative media is trying to “promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior” and has received e-mail messages that have been “anything but Christian-like.”
“But I accepted that it is their right to express themselves and hope that they now see it in their hearts to afford me the same right,” D’Antuono said, nothing that he had regretted canceling the event four years ago because “we should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
Yes, it is his right to do such things. It is also our right and obligation to express our objections to this horrible affront to the sensibilities of American Christians and Christians world wide.
The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th
It was originally supposed to debut nearly four years ago at New York City’s Union Square. But that event was cancelled due to public outrage.
“I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,” D’Antuono told Fox News. “We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
Nice, this piece of idiocy is in a publically funded institution. As to his rights, it is true, rights do supersede someone’s hurt feelings. But, as citizens of this nation, we would expect a little prudence to accompany the exercise of rights. For instance, we all have rights of expression, but because we have these rights doesn’t mean we should use them in a manner D’dumbass has. I wonder if this person has the fortitude to make a similar depiction of Mohammed? If not, then this isn’t an exercise of expression, it is an exercise of offense and cowardice.
Would the college allow a less blasphemous and more serious rendering of our Christ? I doubt it. So, even on the college’s part, this too, is simply an exercise of offense and cowardice. It’s an expression of hate, and when the expression is reciprocated, people like D’dumbass pretend hurt.
So, yes, I support his rights to expression. But, I’m disgusted that his cowardice and desire to offend is what is expressed. How did this nation become so full of worms?