Church painting labeled 'pornographic' by outraged Catholic parishioners

Church painting labeled 'pornographic' by outraged Catholic parishioners April 18, 2010
Jesus censored by NBC

THIS is beyond barmy…
US media appear to be censoring a Jesus icon that’s hanging in the sanctuary of a Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.
In this NBC report, for example, Jesus’ midriff is obscured, so we had to pop across to the ever-vigilant, always irreverent Mediawatchwatch to find an undoctored version and check out what the fuss is all about.
And here it is:

Jesus uncensored
The huge cross hangs at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic church and school, and some are claiming that the ghastly thing is pornographic.  Others say the painting merely depicts Christ with muscles in his abdomen.
Granted, as six-pack depictions go, this one ain’t convincing … or pretty … but does it require censoring by an over-sensitive media?
No one at the local archdiocese would comment on the controversy. However, two women leading a protest against the painting believe the image is obscene.
Said a dotty Seannene Smith:
Religious art is beautiful.
No it’s not. It’s mostly crass … or unspeakably kitsch.
She added:

I do not consider this to be iconography. I feel that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I feel it is pornographic.

The painting is said to be a copy of a work in the Vatican.

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  • Har Davids

    After many face-lifts one’s dick might have moved up to the spot where the navel used to be, but I don’t see anything like a navel in the picture, unless it is hidden by the alleged penis. It’s not really what I would call a six-pack. I wonder what was on the mind of this picture’s creator?

  • Aad Molenkamp

    You got a woman’s legs, a woman’s legs!!
    (Blackadder series 3 I believe.)
    What is He so horny about?

  • barriejohn

    Perhaps someone should delete the words “The King of” and replace with “Morning…”!

  • barriejohn

    And he rose on the THIRD day, BTW!!

  • barriejohn

    And he will soon be coming again!!!

  • Jen

    The fact that NBC censored the picture is a much bigger story than the art itself. How dare a major network make the editorial decision that a painting is inappropriate for its viewers. No matter what the interpretation, it is a piece of art. By censoring it, NBC is basically telling viewers what the correct interpretation should be. I am ashamed that a US news channel showed more cowardice than the media in the Catholic country of Malta.

  • Stonyground

    To be honest it does look like a stonking boner to me. The hysterical reaction to it is pretty hilarious though, this people must have lead a very sheltered existence.
    Off topic, the RD.Net website is currently being invaded by a loon calling himself atheistwars who’s contribution the the debates involves calling us to return to God in capital letters. I followed a link to the blog of P. Z. Meyers where this guy can be found in a sin bin of all the goons who have been banned from his blog also giving the reason why. Who should I find in there but our old pal Tom Estes whom PZ describes as a “Mildly retarded doofus on a mission from God”.

  • Broadsword

    Jebus must have been a masochist if crucifixion gave him a stiffie.
    The artist must have defaced textbooks as a schoolkid. All the image needs now is some shit falling from someones arse, a cigarette and a swastika flag somewhere.

  • Har Davids
  • Wasn’t he hung well?

  • Broadsword

    Har Davids
    That’s about my level.
    Ta. I’ve forwarded it to my friends.
    Did jebus know about Hawaiian grass skirts?
    Thanks again.

  • NeoWolfe

    Looks like Jesus has a four pack. He must have opted for wine coolers instead of beer. He could get an exercise video from Richard Simmons, but if he does acquire a six pack, will that extra bulge look like a mighty purple german helmet??
    I’m no detective, but, for having nails through his hands and feet, the savior looks a lot less in pain, and more exhausted and in need of a cigarette. 🙂

  • Pete H

    @Aad Molenkamp
    Series 2 actually. 🙂

  • barriejohn

    Pete H: Captain Redbeard Rum (“usually up the Old Sea Dog”). “Opinion is divided. All the other captains say it is – I say it isn’t!” Maybe he was a religiot as well!!

  • Pete H

    barriejohn: He has all the tools.

  • Heather Flight

    Ding DONG!

  • MrGronk

    Notice the skull at the foot of the cross? Do you think someone dropped dead at the site of the Lord’s colossal stiffy?

  • Dave Gilbert:
    You win a internet.