Religion Blasphemy v. Graven Images
posted by September 26 at 19:31 PMon
I could not give a shit about the Right-Wing panties-in-a-knot reaction to the Folsom Street Fair’s poster parodying da Vinci’s The Last Supper. But as the product of not just Catholic education, but Jesuit higher education, I have to ask Bill Donohue and his ilk: do you understand the difference between blasphemy and the worship of graven images?
To make sure that my theological education (four years in high school, nearly as much at Loyola University Chicago) hadn’t totally been overwritten by the Communist Manifesto and Origin of Species, I checked some online definitions of blasphemy: they’re here, and they’re all about denying or disrespecting God.
But this poster doesn’t do or say anything about God: it’s about a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, who rumor has it was a big fag anyway.
For any true believer in the Roman Catholic faith to worry about a poster parodying a painting suggests the worship of graven images, which, last time I looked, was contra Commandment #1 or #2, depending on your religious tradition. We mere mortals are not supposed to confuse God’s creation with God Himself, so we shouldn’t be worshiping images made by man. This is the root of the Islamic tradition against representations the prophet, and once again the Religious Right in America is allied with the Taliban.
So, the Right-Wing Religious Conniption about this poster is itself sinful, I’d argue. The poster is not blasphemous: Da Vinci’s painting is not God, so disrespecting that painting is not about God unless the viewer of the parody equates the painting with the Divine, which is itself the sin.
Donohue will be kneeling in the confessional ASAP, I am sure. Now, can we all get back to baseball and celebrity worship?