In an art gallery on the campus of Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, artist Michael D’Antuono is quietly enjoying his revenge on the voting public.
That’s where his painting, titled “Truth” without a hint of irony, depicts President Barack Obama as a stand-in for Jesus Christ, apparently crucified on the presidential seal.
When D’Antuono tried to display his painting some four years ago in New York’s Union Square, the event was cancelled under pressure from Christians who were offended by the image, something that apparently still baffles the artist.
The current exhibition, D’Antuono said, “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.”
(Metaphor — Noun. A figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common.)
Another “artiste” who perhaps isn’t clear on the word “metaphor” is actor Jamie Foxx, who during the recent Soul Train Awards gave a shout out to the Man Who Would be King: “First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama.”
Throughout the gospels, Jesus Christ’s ministry is compared to a wedding, with the church composed of the faithful in the role of bride waiting hopefully for her groom.
Since Obama became president in 2008, the number of actual weddings in America has plunged dramatically and stayed down. According to the Census Bureau, in 2008, there were 4.5 million marriages. In 2010 and 2011, there were 4.2 million, approximately a 7 percent drop.
Among the uneducated and the recently educated, the numbers were even worse. Among those who hadn’t finished high school, the decrease was 14 percent, and among recent college graduates, it was about 10 percent.
Some of that is the continuation of a decades-long trend, but the sudden change after Obama took office is notable. Certainly the economy, which has languished under Obama’s policies, has something to do with it.
I’d guess the growing acceptance of gay “marriage” and the Democrats’ promotion of single motherhood have a lot to do with declining interest in marriage as well.
After all, gay “marriage” changes the central principle behind the institution from one of protecting the conception, birth and raising of the next generation of citizens to one of glorifying perverted sex. Most kids nowadays can manage that without the benefit of marriage and are encouraged by liberal policies about sex, birth control and abortion/infanticide to remain single.
The ministry of Jesus was about hope, new beginnings, the future and all things good and holy.
By glorifying Obama as some sort of rock star messiah, his followers are choosing all the things that are the antithesis of that.