You Might Want To Get a Second Opinion on That Painting…

When you want to decorate your church wall with a painting that reads “ARISE,” I suggest doing it very carefully

(via Slacktivist)

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  • A3Kr0n

    That made my Sunday. Thanks!

  • Janet Holmes

    Ahahahahahaha, even when I realised they were trying to say something else I couldn’t figure out what it was. All I could see was “arse”.

  • Joe

    Whilst this is mildly amusing, it seems you have done more than a few of these type postings of late, and they really seem petty, reducing ourselves to their level. Cheap shots only make us look like the bullies. Aren’t we better than that?

    But then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to say?

    • Pattrsn

      Mildly? I think it’s really fucking amusing.

    • SeekerLancer

      It’s good to just have a laugh sometimes since a lot of the news stories covered here can be pretty depressing.

    • ShoeUnited

      We shouldn’t laugh at funny things? Ok.

    • John

      Uh-oh, the tone police are here. Everyone hide your jokes!

    • Bad_homonym

      I am going to reserve the right to ridicule that which is ridiculous!

    • katiehippie

      +1 for Douglas Adams reference.

    • Gus

      “…make us look like the bullies.”

      Bullies? Really? As someone who was bullied a lot as a child, that word is seriously over-used. And when it’s used to describe a member of a group that is a tiny minority making an incredibly mild joke at the expense of an organization that represents a majority so overwhelming and powerful that the very existence of the minority is often forgotten, a joke that member of that majority probably have made and laughed at themselves, that is not bullying.

  • Pattrsn

    The church of Father Jack?

  • John Bridle

    No, it’s just fine the way it is.

  • Michael

    Surely that’s not real?

    • Timmah

      We just saw this that a church didn’t realize they had built it in the shape of a wang, so I’m gonna say this seems legit.

      • Michael

        On the other hand, googling it, sites that give it a source credit Carl Tidy with finding it. does indeed contain tweets discussing it, but it also features a profile describing the user as a “Photoshop Guru”

        I might even be tempted to suggest we give him the respectful title of Photoshop Arse, to commemorate this event.

      • islandbrewer

        This isn’t the same church, is it? Because that might make sense, if they … um …

    • flyb

      It is real. And don’t call me Surely.

    • Pappy

      Want a good laugh? Google image search “Jesus Penis Medieval Picture” and look for the illuminated image of Jesus crucified. Then look at his abs. I about died laughing when I first had it pointed out to me on Cracked.

  • cyb pauli

    So naughty. I love it. Especially with the tree right up the middle. So many fond memories of youth group… :D

  • Ida Know

    Where is this church? Because if it’s in the US, I can see people not realizing there’s anything wrong with the painting. I’m American, and I never saw the word “arse” until I started reading things written by Brits.

    That said… *points and laughs*

  • John

    No, pretty sure it’s more appropriate this way.

  • Rain

    It’s a tree with the leaves symbolizing pink monkeys? I don’t get it.

  • Katrina Payne

    I don’t get it…

    Is the word “arise” associated with some social turmoil/justice group in some way? Is this racist to black people? Am I secretly racist to black people by not know social connotations of the word “arise”?


    • Pappy

      Remove the “I” in the middle. If you still don’t get it, ask a Brit. It’ll come to you. Took me a minute, too.

    • RowanVT

      Try reading only the red letters, and not counting the tree as a letter.

    • KelpieLass

      As in the race scene in My Fair Lady, where Eliza Dolittle yells at the horse, “Move your bloomin’ arse”

    • Stev84

      I, on the other hand, didn’t even see the “I” and wondered what it was supposed to say.

  • wmdkitty