religious graffiti

Graffiti, such as the graffiti of my favorite graffiti artist Banksy, even if it is truthful, is against the law. Not just because it “defaces” a property, but also because it challenges the powers that rule over that property.

I get emails every day from people who say they’re going to take the risk of posting one of my cartoons on their blog or Facebook. They tell me that they are sure to lose friends. But they feel the cartoon communicates something so truthful to them and so important that they are willing to take that risk, so they precariously proceed

This is exactly the fear I am addressing every day. Why do we fear asking the question? Why do authorities fear them being asked? We all know how much nerve it takes to point out that the emperor has no clothes. We all know how dismantling it is for the emperor to be exposed. The cost can be so high. But I also know how necessary and urgent this assignment is.

I know the feeling. I feel it every day. I always try to stretch myself to say that which is forbidden for the sake of propriety, order or containment.

I am a graffiti artist on the walls of religion.

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  • amy C

    Thank you!!

  • Dorsey

    The great thing about it is that you don’t “tag” the walls of religion anonymously. When I first started blogging, I was a little tentative about certain topics… until I went on the record. Once you do that, then the fear can diminish. People know what to expect from you now. Some of them are frightened to death by it, and others secretly wish they had the courage to go on the record, themselves.

    Thank you for going on the record, David. I love nakedpastor.

  • Dena G

    “I am a graffiti artist on the walls of religion.” Beautiful.

  • Nancy T.

    “I am a graffiti artist on the walls of religion”.


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  • Crystal

    Yeah, we are often afraid to point out things or ask questions in church. Sometimes we simply do not have the nerve, as you said, David, in your post.

    I have a funny story to tell you. I sat in church listening to one of our congregants speaking upfront, for about an hour, with his flies undone and a bit of his underwear peeking through! I was so embarrased, but being a woman, didn’t think it my place to notify him of the fact. The odd thing is, that not one man in the congregation saw fit to notify him either. Poor guy, I often wonder how he managed to hold his head up high after such a performance!