OMG.Really, that's all I can say.This one may be the worst yet.Where do you find these Kat?
Kat,Do you make clandestine trips to meetings of Southern Baptists *in* the deep South? Egads! (To be fair, not all Southern Baptists are "Patriotic Bible" readers, even in the deep South.)
"And Jesus said, "I will not believe in America unless I put my finger in the side of the Liberty Bell..." sigh.
Would pay to see bird poop in this picture.
LOL! Steven, that is classic!
Our founders were inspired by Christian ideals so there nothing wrong with the subject. Although the Liberty bell is disproportionate; I've seen it in PA. So, better this than Jesus standing next to Lenin, Che and other liberators. I'd be impressed if you had those. I've heard of them during the peaks of Liberation theology.
Hmm, bad art ... I'm not really qualify to determine whether this is bad art or just plain tasteless, but it seems to me that the pain... perpetrator had heard of a certain French customs official (Henri Rousseau, + 1910) and set out to one-up Mr. Rousseau style of painting.And, yes, I am positive that it's tasteless to depict Our Lord to be looked down upon by a carrion-eater.
Our Lord did say, "The eagles know where the bodies lie," and He's the Body, no? That's the same line a pope used to explain why angels hang around churches a lot.Anyway, I don't see what your complaint is the Bald Eagle of St. Matthew. :)The disturbing bit is that somebody apparently thinks the Liberty Bell crack is a bug, not a historical feature. Not that Our Lord couldn't fix a bell if He wanted, but our Founding Fathers weren't bellfounders and it misses the point.
Rick,Deists, even atheists, can be "inspired by Christian ideals." The point is, the founding fathers simply did not intend for America to be a considered a "Christian nation" as such, regardless of what Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy, or anyone else thought or still thinks. Even more to the point, Jesus specifically said that His Kingdom is *not* of this world, which makes this artistic conflation of Christianity and "Americanism" particulary troubling. (No, I'm not a Commie, hehe-- William F. Buckley is a personal hero.)
@Chris: The deists among the Founding Fathers were very few. It would be more correct to say that, as a group, they fully expected Americans to be Christians of some denomination even though they saw the wisdom of having neither a state church nor a preferred church.Nevertheless, as patriotic as I am, I still get a little uneasy when people try to draw an "equals" sign between Jesus and America.Actually, now that I look at it closer, it almost looks like paint-by-numbers.
Anthony,You and I agree much more than disagree on this subject. I think that even the founding fathers who were deists, or unorthodox in some other way, probably thought that most Americans would hold to *some* sort of Christian faith. I'm fairly sure that the fathers would never have *imagined* the spiritual smorgasboard that America is today (with the worship of money and appearances being one of our biggest "religions," as a country).
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