Thursday, August 30, 2007
An art competition sponsored by a church in Australia has Jesus morphing into Osama.
Strange - I’d have thought a picture of Mohammed morphing into bin Laden would have been far more to the point, but I guess that would have been rude - and, you know, dangerous.
The fastest-shrinking church in Australia doesn’t miss this chance to show why it’s dying of self-loathing:
Last night, the Uniting Church minister who chairs the Blake Society defended the pieces.The Reverend Rod Pattenden, who awarded the $15,000 prize to the competition winner in Sydney yesterday, said his mission was to spark debate about spirituality in a world that was “cynical, degraded and in crisis”. Mr Pattenden said he did not expect controversy to result from the exhibition at the National Art School Gallery “because the Christian community doesn’t look at art a great deal”.
Once, in fact, the Christian community actually looked at art so gladly it commissioned many of the world’s great masterpieces. Just think of the Sistine Chapel.
But now the barbarians are in charge of the church.
New preaching: Christ, Osama - much the same difference even to a Uniting Church minister.