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Monday, April 02, 2007

Easter Season Offend-a-rama, Part II

Hot on the heels of Chocolate Jesus comes Obama Jesus, as the art world strains to offend Christians who just tick them off no end because they simply turn the other cheek instead of getting all huffy.

The newest entry is not particularly offensive anyway; it's hardly a crucifix submerged in urine or Madonna on a cross. Rather, the work by David Cordero, 24, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, seems more political than religious in nature. Cordero told AP:
"All of this is a response to what I've been witnessing and hearing, this idea that Barack is sort of a potential savior that might come and absolve the country of all its sins. In a lot of ways it's about caution in assigning all these inflated expectations on one individual, and expecting them to change something that many hands have shaped."
Yes, David, that's right. If Barack were indeed able to absolve America of all it's sins -- not just the GOP ones but the Dem ones and the sins of the unpolitical as well -- it would be what we call a miracle. And miracles are the work of the one who's typically shown in those robes, in that pose, with a halo that's not neon -- Jesus Christ -- the only one who can absolve us of our sins.

Note that Cordero opted not to use Mohammed as his model for his sculpture. Good thing. It shows the lad knows the difference between artistic controversy and sheer, suicidal stupidity.