Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Barack Obama As Jesus

According to Fox News Radio, a painting featuring President Barack Obama in a Christ-like pose is getting poor reviews from some religious authorities.

The painting by New York-based artist by Michael D'Antuono is titled "The Truth" and features Obama with a crown of thorns on his head, in a position that is reminiscent of the crucifixion.

Currently on display at Boston's Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery as part of D'Antuono's politically charged "Artists on the Stump - the Road to the White House 2012" collection, the piece was actually supposed to debut several years ago at New York City's Union Square.

According to
D'Antuono's website, the painting was "meant to be displayed as an art installation in New York's Union Square Park on President Obama's 100th day in office. The painting was to be in a mock voting booth for people to view privately and then interviewed to express their own views."

D'Antuono claimed he received 4,000 emails "mostly from the irate Christian Right who misinterpreted the art as blasphemy" and canceled the event, a decision he now regrets.

"I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings," D'Antuono revealed to Fox News. "We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves."

"The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically,"
D'Antuono continued. "My intent was not to compare him to Jesus."

It has to be noted that this is not the first time Obama has been controversially compared to Jesus. Most recently, actor Jamie Foxx drew flak when a pre-recorded BET special began with his exhorting the Soul Train Awards crowd to "give an honor to God and our lord and savior  Barack Obama."

What do you think of Obama's depiction as Jesus? It is obvious that people are inspired by Obama and regard him as their savior. 


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