WHILST doing an image search for a project a few days ago, Freethinker reader Robert Stovold stumbled across this rather startling depiction of the Raising of Lazarus.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t on a site flogging erection stimulants, but a biblical clip art resource site containing images that appear to be aimed at the young.
Now we note that that another silly twit – the bum-sex obsessed Rev Peter Mullen – has come teetering to her defence in a piece in the Northern Echo.
Commenting on her abortive attempt to bring a private prosecution against the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, which included the anatomically improbable Jesus-with-a-penis statue, Mullen grizzled:
In the days before our society had lost its corporate wits, we used to call this sort of atrocity by the name ‘blasphemy’. Isn’t it obvious to anyone with eyes to see that such a representation of Christ is tasteless and vile?
You don’t have to be a Christian to take offence.
Oh, but it helps!
The point is that Christianity has shaped the history and culture of our nation for more than a thousand years. Its images and literature are what for all that time we regarded as sacred. The lewd statue is an act of desecration.
Imagine the outcry if the Baltic Centre had displayed an indecent picture of Mahomet – but they wouldn’t dare. The fact is there is an aggressive secularist agenda in Britain and its supporters pick on Christianity as an easy target. Outraged Christians are not likely to threaten to come round and burn down your art gallery.