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March 30, 2007

'Chocolate Jesus' Is Art? Why No Chocolate Mohammad?

Topics: Faith

It's Easter season, so it should be no surprise that during what has become an almost obligatory time of the year for some artist somewhere to come up with yet another way to offend Christians, one does indeed do just that - offends Christians. This time it's a 6-foot chocolate sculpture of an anatomically correct Christ by artist Cosimo Cavallaro that was supposed to debut Monday evening, the day after Palm Sunday and just four days before Roman Catholics mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. The final day of the exhibit at the Lab Gallery inside midtown Manhattan's Roger Smith Hotel was planned for Easter Sunday.

It has been dubbed "My Sweet Lord" by its "creator," and as was surely intended, it is especially offensive to many Catholics. However, although I'm a practicing Catholic myself, I'm neither surprised at the timing nor am I particularly offended by the chocolate Jesus - or even by its quite obvious offensive comment on transubstantiation. I've come to expect assaults on Christianity by secularists, especially during Easter and Christmas. What unbelievers do or don't do doesn't really get under my skin anymore. But what annoys me is that Christianity is always the target, never any other religion. Why is it that Christians are always considered fair game by liberals in the media and the art world, but other faiths are given a pass.

Hell, it seems like the liberal a**holes could spread their venom around, and not just pick on Christians. Why are Christians always the target? Why no chocolate Mohammed naked during Ramadan? Well, we all know the answer to the second question, after all, a cartoon about Mohammad (below) can't even find its way into a book that features political cartoons that other publications considered too hot to handle:

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And how can we ever forget how Muslims reacted to other cartoons? On the other hand, if you try holding your breath until Catholics start rioting over chocolate Jesus or Mary covered in elephant dung - you'll die waiting - it just doesn't happen.

Other coverage: Hot Air notes that the statue is 480,000 calories, but questions whether or not it's art.

What Would Muhammad Drive?

Posted by Richard at March 30, 2007 10:24 AM

Just curious, but where you one of the people who defended the freedom of the press to publish cartoons of Muhammed? I find it really funny to hear Catholics and Protestants who are flipping out over this who were the very ones who critisized Muslims for flipping out over cartoons. The cartoons were making fun of Muhammed. This statue just looks like a man with his arms outstretched, as though on a cross. Jesus was crucified naked. If you are going to depict him, why not show it like it was?

Posted by: Tom at April 2, 2007 1:44 PM

And by the way, artist Cosimo Cavallaro has received death threats over this. There you go.

Posted by: Tom at April 2, 2007 1:46 PM

Well Tom, as I wrote in the piece, I'm neither surprised at the timing nor am I particularly offended by the chocolate Jesus - or even by its quite obvious offensive comment on transubstantiation. I have no problem with artistic jerks "doing their thing" for attention and to "express" their little pea-picking hearts.

As for the cartoons making fun of Muhammad, you missed the point. They were poking fun and chiding radical Islamists who murder and committ violence in the name of Muhammad's religion.

As for Christians "flipping out," open your eyes, Tom. How many killings and riots have been committed by Christians over Chocolate Jesus, the Virgin Mary covered in elephant dung, and other such purposeful assaults on Christian beliefs?

The answer, Tom, is zero. Zero, Tom.

You've really got to leave the Kool Aid alone. Way too much, waaaaay too much Kool Aid.

Posted by: Richard at April 2, 2007 4:39 PM



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