Wednesday, October 15, 2008

This is where I have a problem


If a church wants to have a spaghetti dinner and use the proceeds to buy a spiffy 10-foot-tall statue of Jesus for its front lawn, more power to them. There was a beautiful sculpture like that in front of the Catholic church near my old home in Bridgeville. But when a city tries to spend thousands in tax dollars on a Jesus statue, that's just wrong. According to the AP, a "conservative Oklahoma City suburb with a history of trying to incorporate religious art into public spaces" is at it again. The Edmond Visual Arts Commission recently approved spending $3,900 to help pay for a 2-foot-tall bronze statue entitled "Come Unto Me." It's supposed to be placed in front of a downtown business called Sacred Heart Catholic Gifts. This is the same bunch that had to retreat just last year from spending $17,500 to help erect a statue of Moses at a local Christian church. About 10 years ago, the city had to pay $200,000 in legal fees after losing a court fight to retain a cross on its city seal. Clearly, they're slow learners, and they can expect another court fight on this most recent statue plan. "This is the third major unconstitutional effort they've engaged in recent years," said Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "It's a little surprising, because normally people pause to take a breath before they violate the Constitution again." June Cartwright, who chairs the so-called arts commission, denied that the proposed statue represented a religious endorsement. "It doesn't state that it is specifically Jesus. It is whatever you perceive it to be." There's one of your good Christians, lying out her, um, backside. I might point out to Ms. Cartwright that the statue is called "COME UNTO ME"! I believe that's a pretty well known Jesus quote. I've got a proposal for Ms. Cartwright and her cronies. I'll contribute $20 to their Jesus statue if they allow me to commission a companion sculpture of my personal "plumbing." They can just "perceive it to be" two prunes and a zucchini.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Ellipses said...

zucchini?

exaggerate much? :-)

-ellipses

October 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

I'm not talking one of those whoppers at the county fair. C'mon, let an old man dream. OK, how 'bout a Ballpark frank.

October 15, 2008 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be in favor of a "ecumenical sculpture" showing Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and a few assorted pagan gods -- Thor and Zeus, maybe -- all bent over a pair of dice like Sky Masterson,Nathan Detroit and Nicely Nicely in "Guys & Dolls." Because religion is just a crapshoot.

October 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

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