Thursday, April 27, 2006

I think this qualifies as in bad taste

The Insurgent, a newspaper associated with the University of Oregon, has generated some, uh, controversy over two cartoons of Jesus in a--how to put this delicately--state of arousal. I'll not put the images here, but you can follow this link to the story; don't worry, the images have been "altered for propriety" as WorldNetDaily puts it. Since one features Jesus on the cross and the other is a "resurrection" image of him kissing another man--well, let's just say, let the browser beware.

The editors claim that they are trying to point out how offensive the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were to Muslims by deliberately offending Christians. While their method qualifies as puerile and completely unimaginative, their point is well taken.

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League disagrees, of course, and has fired off a letter to the university referring to the cartoons as "the most egregious examples of hate speech targeted at Christians" and "so gratuitously offensive that only the most depraved would defend them." Don't hold back, Bill.

Not wanting to appear depraved, I won't defend the cartoons, although I think we should follow Jesus on this one and turn the other cheek. Perhaps one of the reasons people publish these kinds of things is because they know that people like Donahue will get all in a lather and bring the offenders further publicity.


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