A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

31 March 2007

Catholics, Avert Thine Eyne

Since the big Donahue-and-cry, you won't be able to go see this. So I present it here as a public service.

I feel Cosimo Caravello was courting controversy, but Donahue's been at it a lot longer and he's a bigger whiner, as he proved when the gallery caved in and kow-towed and he said:
"Because we did not like the way the Roger Smith Hotel handled the decision to drop the display, we have no intention of contacting the 500 organizations that we alerted to this assault on Christian sensibilities to inform them that the exhibition has been cancelled."
That is: "Our pressure tactics and whining worked exactly as planned, but we're still not going to call off the dogs."

So I'm stepping in.

To the millions of Catholics who both read this blog and belong to brownshirt organizations: The show's cancelled, folks, put the placards, blackjacks, and stompin' boots away. For now.

--Mme Metro accurately (and insistently) points out that I read it at her blog first.


At 3:48 p.m., Anonymous raincoaster said...

They just hate that he's brown.

At 3:55 p.m., Anonymous Philipa said...


At 5:19 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Jesus' General says it's about penis envy.

Pippa--you'll have to be more specific. Are you objecting to the man's manly thing? To it's inrageous size? Or to the fact that if this man said "Take this, eat of it. This is my body," he would immediately be surrounded and consumed by a horde of women with PMT?

At 8:54 a.m., Anonymous azahar said...

Like your better half, I also mentioned this idiocy on my 'weird news' page ... as well as a post about the most hated family in the US, which has weirdly ended up with me getting tons of incoming links from some rather strange places.

At 10:59 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Why would a post about the Bushes draw that volume of interest?

Or was it about some other family?

At 11:34 a.m., Blogger mur said...

The cheesy art wouldn't last long in our climate but it would be interesting watching it disintegrate, art in itself.

Thanks for the comment metro, re:'I was thinking'. I agree it doesn't matter what was in the field, the question is if someone created anything, what created the creator? Blind faith just doesn't cut it, its a lazy thinkers way out.

At 1:18 p.m., Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Bonsoir, Monsieur Metro

Alles Gute

It is a matter of aesthetic taste, not of religious in/tolerance

I am indeed getting Old ... & I am indeed so much Grayer than you, but I have to confess that this PiKture is ....


.... and you should have better aesthetic taste

What is it about you unBelievers that makes you think that obScenity should be broadcast as if it is something to be proud of und to be interested in, especially if (you think) it offends Christian folk


Just think - Ladies & Junior Eagles read this Excellent und sehr-entertaining Blog, as does the Gourmet-Predator, Philipa the much-admired & greatly-liked terror of Tree-oKtopodia

Apilihp really should not be distracted from her Holy & gNoble twin-Quests of (1) finding an alternative to geBattered SchPam und (2) blogging about matters interessants, as has been Alipihp's much-admired & entertaining custom

AerChie's Olifant is so lovely, but I do like MUR's piKture - he reSembles my mental/spiritual processes when I get a Tax Return ... or un de Metro's more provoking Blogs !!!

MUR makes a poerful point about arguing for the Good Lord's existence from the Argument of the First Cause (who caused the First Cause ?)

... but does MUR really think that his blind unBelief cuts the Bacon

.... the mathematical complexity & moral realities/challenges of the Universe Und the huMan condition demand an explanation that gives rational meaning

Je reste, le vestre et Aslan's servant obedient and

Tot siens

G Eagle

At 6:08 p.m., Anonymous raincoaster said...

Well Herr Honourable Eagle, you must admit this is an improvement on, if not an evolution upward from, Andres Serranno's Piss Christ. As art, actually I find the piece quite thought-provoking; as controversial object, rather more dully straightforward.

At 8:53 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Meineer Eagle:

I have a deep respect for the fact that you keep coming by, despite the fact that it appears that, on religious matters at least, we are at some serious degree of variance. Your comments are unfailingly polite and well-expressed, as well, and a pleasure to read for the thought they inspire.

I fail to understand why this picture should be offensive. Not to your taste, I'll grant you, but Michelangelo's sculptures, reveiled for their accurate and life-like portrayal of human anatomy in his lifetime, are prominently featured in the Vatican.

As a young man I attended many churches in which the pleasant fiction that Christ died wearing a convenient fig leaf was not maintained. Nudity is a fashion in Christian art, and nothing more.

As for its being out of chocolate, and the artist's apparent plan to serve it to the gathering: If this is offensive, surely communion is no less? Maybe even more so, as communion takes place among those who believe that the body they eat (and they do eat it--transubstaniated at the moment of ingestion) is sacred. This was confectionary (I have no interest in addressing this any deeper--just a thought).

The artist sought controversy. A man who actively seeks out controversy where none exists gave him some. Now they can both feel righteous and angry.

However, Mr. Donahue has, throughout his career as spokesperson for his organization, consistently failed to demonstrate that grace and restraint that Christians are supposed to typify, as illustrated by his statement regarding the capitulation of the gallery to the hate mail and death threats that promulgate everywhere Donahue goes.

Christianity I can handle. As an ex-Catholic and thus-far-mostly-failed atheist I recognize the comforts religion can bring, and I can respect divergence of opinion on the issue.

Hypocrisy and hate get no shrift here.

I also agree that the faith unexamined is not worth the having, whether said faith is atheism or theist in nature.

We can definitely agree though, that we all miss 'Pippa.

At 4:32 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Brief update: Cosimo Caravello, the artist, says he did not intend to distrubute the Coco Christ to be eaten.


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