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A museum in Italy has put on display a fairly silly, cartoonish even, sculpture depicting a frog being crucified. In response, Pope Benedict XVI has called for it to be taken down and the regional governor went on a hunger strike in protest (here’s a report from the (UK) Telegraph):

The board of the Museion museum in the northern city of Bolzano has refused to take down the modern art piece which the Vatican has condemned as blasphemous. …

The sculpture called “Zuerst die Füsse,” meaning Feet First, depicts a frog of about four feet high nailed to a brown cross holding a beer mug in one outstretched hand and an egg in another. …

Museum staff said the artist, who died in 1997, considered the sculpture a self-portrait representing human anguish.

However, the German Pope did not agree and the Vatican wrote a letter to the regional government, whose President, Franz Pahl, went on hunger strike in opposition to the frog and had to be taken to hospital.

The Vatican’s letter said the amphibian “wounded the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God’s love.”

These two really need to get over themselves. The sculpture is, as I said, cartoonish-looking. I’m no art critic, so I have a hard time considering it a wonderful representation of the human condition … but come on, the thing is just too goofy-looking to take seriously! One would think the world has managed to get over depictions and mentions of crucifixions. After all, the controversy over The Ballad Of John And Yoko happened a little less than 40 years ago … haven’t people grown up since then?

In case you don’t remember or are too young, this Lennon tune from 1969 — which was banned in some places — included these lyrics:

Christ, you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They’re gonna crucify me.

At any rate, I’m not aware of any entitlement for believers never to be offended, not even in Italy, homeland of the Roman Catholic Church. Hopefully the Holy Father will grow up and see this whimsical little frog as just that — too whimsical to be worthy of any of his time.

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