Friday, November 30, 2012

The Deification of Obama Continues- With Painting and Book

So Jamie Foxx calls Barack Obama "Our Lord and Savior" at the Soul Train Awards, now we have the crucified Obama painting, which is being exhibited at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery. It's part of the "Artists on the Stump- The Road to the White House 2012" exhibit, although artist Michael D'Antuono's painting "Truth"- which portrays Obama as a crucified Jesus Christ- was to be exhibited four years ago in New York City (Union Square) but never happened. Apparently, too many outraged people.

“I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings. We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
A spokesperson for the art gallery told Fox News there hasn’t been any criticism of the painting. D’Antuono said the public exhibition “has afforded me the ability to right a wrong.”
“The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically,” he told Fox News. “My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
D’Antuono blamed the controversy on conservative media “trying to promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior.”
In the aftermath of his aborted first attempt – the artist said he received more than 4,000 emails containing messages that were “anything but Christian-like.”
“But I accepted that it is their right to express themselves and hope that they now  see it in their hearts to afford me the same right,” he said.

What I think most people find offensive (at least I do) is the deification of a man, metaphorical or not.    There are many people who  do happen to perceive Obama as a savior of sorts. Barbara A. Thompson, a professor at Florida A&M University even wrote a book about The Gospel According to Apostle Barack:

Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or "heaven here on earth" Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God's (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of "heaven here on earth" for his followers. The answers were repeated - over and over - in speeches Barack had made from his presidential announcement to his inaugural address. Those speeches or his teachings contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a "heaven here on earth" For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack's vision of America would be realized.

Yikes.  And look at all the photos with Obama and what appears to be a halo. And more. 

If you're in the Boston area, you can see poor crucified Obama  on display until December 15th.

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