Right-wing Afrikaner party enters fray over ‘demonical’ school art

Right-wing Afrikaner party enters fray over ‘demonical’ school art October 23, 2019

A SCHOOL in South Africa has become embroiled in a row over a pupil’s ‘demonical’ art exhibition that depicted Jesus as a clown – and almost reduced a pastor to tears.

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Quick to enter the fray was the Freedom Front Plus party, created provide a political home for white, conservative Afrikaners.  Its education spokesperson, Wynand Boshoff, above, has demanded to know why images of “clown” Jesus and demons were put on show at the Richards Bay’s Grantleigh Curro school exhibition, while it’s forbidden to exhibit the old apartheid regime’s flag.

Boshoff said in a statement:

The FF Plus shares the shocked sentiments of Christian groups in response to the artworks of a learner at the Curro school.

He added that in the run-up to a democratic government in 1994, the FF Plus endeavoured to promote group rights, which created a space for cultural and religious communities to maintain and express their convictions.

Education and training are particularly important in this context. The then-[National Party] and [Democratic Party], however, preferred the radical individualism of the liberal constitutional state. In pursuance of this ideology, it is not only education in Afrikaans that is being eroded, but also education with a Christian foundation.

The party intends monitoring developments around the controversy, and re-emphasised its commitment to education and training of a Christian nature.

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The Apostolic Faith Mission pastor who set off alarm bells over the exhibition was Andrew Anderson, above, father of a pupil at the school.

Anderson has called for a protest over the work, which includes a picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper with dollar signs on the lintel behind Jesus and torn pages from the Bible placed on the torso of a horned sculpture. The choked up pastor, who videoed the “blasphemous” exhibits, said:

My God is no clown. It felt like we were crucifying Jesus all over again. Everything is demonic powers, demonic things being displayed. You can feel the demons, you can feel the presence of this evil spirit. I thought this can’t be. This can’t be right.

He also believes that works like these contribute to societal problems such as murder  and divisions, and will also cause “seemingly inexplicable problems” at the school.

The artist’s name was not immediately available, but the Zululand Observer reported that the pupil explained the artwork:

Demonstrates organised religion’s preoccupation with making money and its exploitation of those with blind faith.

Anderson’s video, posted to Facebook, set off a flurry of comments condemning the school, which responded with a statement that said:

Curro are cognisant of the allegations made on social media and the matter is currently subject to an internal investigation. Curro reiterates that comments made about the school, the artwork and the learner are not an accurate reflection of our school and the situation referred to, and we reserve the right to withhold comment until the internal investigation has concluded.

It said the group does adopt a Christian ethos, with the values of the Christian faith upheld.

Curro accordingly welcomes, values and respects members of staff and learners from different faiths, with their accompanying views.

But while welcoming comment and discussion, it would:

Not condone cyber bullying, religious intolerance, hate speech, derogatory language, misrepresentation and comments reflecting negatively on the Curro brand on any social media pages.

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  • johnsoncatman

    Dollars to doughnuts that if the art was a sarcastic depiction of some other religion, the bigoted christian would have praised it.

    He also believes that works like these contribute to societal problems such as murder and divisions, and will also cause “seemingly inexplicable problems” at the school.

    It creates problems only because people like this pastor are intolerant of differences of opinion and create the problems themselves.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    will also cause “seemingly inexplicable problems”

    If you know what will cause them, then they’re not ‘inexplicable’, are they?

    Oh, but only you and your sensitive hotline to god can pick up on this connection…

  • StevoR

    He doesn’t know much about art but .. yeah nah, that’s it.

  • Raging Bee

    He also believes that works like these contribute to societal problems such as murder and divisions, and will also cause “seemingly inexplicable problems” at the school.

    Right…because there were ZERO murders or divisions in South Africa before this work of art was created, right? And that particular school had no problems that couldn’t be explained before?

  • Jim Jones

    And they call US snowflakes!

  • Eric

    oh my god the truth hurts, welcome in artistic freedom the student has a great mind thinking outside the box

  • persephone

    Religion is the cause of most wars, directly or indirectly, so I always find these statements by true believers to be ridiculous. Sincerity does not equal truth.

  • Mythblaster

    Fer-cryin-out-loud! Jesus once attended his nephew’s birthday in a clown suit. it’ snot like he appeared in drag! Everybody needs to take a deep breath and get over themselves…

  • Wile F. Coyote

    Sincere and deeply held religious beliefs were hard done by, and that takes precedence over anything/everything else.

    Well. Depending upon the religion the individual(s) with hurt fee-fee’s practices, obviously.

    Artwork depicting Mohammed plunging toward Earth on horseback would likely have generated a hearty and approving laugh from Pastor Anderson.

  • David Cromie

    Zululand Observer reported that the pupil explained the artwork: “Demonstrates organised religion’s preoccupation with making money and its exploitation of those with blind faith”. Full marks to that young artist, and I hope the artwork goes on an international tour!

  • Raging Bee

    Not my cup of transubstantiated water, but it looks to me like zombie-Jesus and Satan are happy that some “she” seems to appreciate a gift, which seems to be suffering — “a tiara of thorns.”

  • Raging Bee

    He may be stupid, but at least he’s stupid.