The the tax-funded Loveland Museum Gallery in Loveland, Colorado, is displaying “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” a lithograph of a multipanel piece that includes an image of Jesus receiving oral sex from a man.
Enrique Chagoya’s 2003 piece depicts cultural and religious icons placed in “contradictory, unexpected, and sometimes controversial contexts.” Chagoya, a professor at Stanford University, sees his piece as a statement on the problems with religious institutions, including the sex-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.
“My intention is to critique religious institutions, since they affect everybody’s lives … I address the role of the Catholic Church … imposing its credo on Native American cultures all over the Americas. I also critique the Church’s position against same-sex marriage while allowing pedophiles to exist within its ranks for decades and keeping it quiet.”—Enrique Chagoya
A few dozen protesters gathered outside the museum voicing their objections to Chagoya’s piece, but there wasn’t enough outrage generated to get the issue on the city council’s agenda. Now, if Chagoya had named the guy performing the oral sex Muhammad, Mullah Obama, his little Afghan General, Hitlerly Clinton, and the hounds at Fox News would have brayed incessantly until the abomination of desecration was removed. The FBI would’ve dropped by the museum and Chagoya would now be in hiding under an assumed name.
In these United States, respect for religion extends only to those who violently demand it. But that’s better left unsaid in this “greatest nation on God’s green earth.”
For more on the story, see Art Exhibit Depicting Jesus in a Sex Act Sparks Outrage in Colorado by Diane Macedo.