I really get disturbed by the sheer ignorance of people who think nothing they do can or will offend God.
I had a non-denominational Protestant tell me once that she was forgiven all her sins and never needed to repent of any sins because Christ already died on the cross for her past, present and future sins.
It was a "done deal" once she "accepted Jesus into her heart"- and of course said the "sinner's prayer".
I was reminded of her today, when I read a story about an "artist" who created the "Long Suffering Stormtrooper" crucifix. The "Long Suffering Stormtrooper" is from the Star Wars movies. The fictional soldier AKA a 'stormtrooper' has replaced Jesus Christ on a crucifix- this is "art" according to Mr. Callanan (the artist) and The Picture Frame Gallery where this "art" is displayed.
Quote (my comments is PURPLE): Mr Callanan, whose artwork has been bought by the likes of Fatboy Slim and Russell Brand, said: “It’s not making fun of any particular religion and certainly not Christianity.” [really? What other religion is known for using the image of the crucifix?]
The piece of work represents the sacrifice of the movie stormtroopers as “cannon fodder” for someone else’s cause, said Mr Callanan, who is also known as RYCA.
The avid fan said that he isn’t offended by Mrs Jenkin’s criticism. “If it was [ film-maker] George Lucas having a go at me I would be more upset,” he said.
Gallery owner Mark Belda, who says he was raised as a Catholic, also defended the sculpture, which is priced at more than £300 and titled.
“I’ve got three customers who are priests and they all like it. [God help them if that statement is true.] I totally take on board what she’s saying, but it’s not got anything to do with religion,” said Mr Belder.
It wasn't only the ignorant artist and the "Catholic" gallery owner that bothered me - it was also the poll taken asking if the "Long Suffering Stormtrooper" was blasphemous or not.
At the time I took the poll, only 11% were offended by the "art" of a science fiction character replacing Jesus Christ on the crucifix. More than half thought it was 'just fine'.
"Just fine"? Really?
I can almost understand non-Christians and atheists... but anyone who claims to be Christian - and KNOWS the suffering Jesus did for love of us -and yet finds nothing offensive about this "art" is simply... pathetic.
Do they even take a moment to THINK what that suffering was like?
Do they even take a moment to LOOK upon a true crucifix and CONTEMPLATE the pain, suffering and anguish our dear Lord went through for LOVE of us?
How... how can anyone contemplate Christ on the cross and then look at this stormtrooper 'art' and NOT be offended?
I don't get it...I truly don't understand such ignorance.
On another note... had a depiction of Islam's Mohammad been placed where the stormtrooper is I am willing to bet there would be more "offended" people in the poll. JMO
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner