Question: Easter’s coming up. What is the Reason for this Season?
Answer: Ham. Or if you’re me, potatoes. Because despite being as goyim as they come (At NECSS, Joshie Berger lamented “You even say ‘goy’ like a goy…”) I ended up going to three seders and ate half my weight in root vegetables. The other half was a combination of wine, matzo, and Moses-themed Billy Joel parody songs. But I digress.
While I was trying to chase away hangovers with Charton Heston’s performance in the Ten Commandments, my guard was down and an act of artistic vandalism occurred. On Sunday (Palm Sunday), an art gallery in France was vandalized by a group of christian protesters. The target? The legendary Andres Serrano photograph Immersion (Piss Christ). The image features a plastic crucifix suspended in a mixture of Serrano’s blood and urine. During Sunday’s attack, it was struck with a hammer and a pick of some sort. Right in Jesus’ face too, which seemed weird to me. They didn’t see the irony in stabbing Jesus’ face with a pick?
The photograph itself is a criticism of the billion dollar business that is christianity and how faith is misused for ignoble purposes. Serrano must be grinning from ear to ear right now. Point. Made.
So here’s today’s inquisition: Between this incident, the Danish cartoon featuring Mohammed, and Mohammed the Bear, we know that dealing with even the most superficial of religious representations brings great ire. Clearly there is no reason to these seasons. What do you think makes inanimate representations of arguably fictional people just as important as the person themselves? Is there a solution?
I’ll be over here, eating brisket.
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