Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Filipino artist recieves death threats from Christians over 'penis crucifix'

Well thats not very attractive, but worthy of being killed? No.

Mideo Cruz created a giant wooden crucifix with a bright red penis which moves up and down and as a result he's been bombarded with hate mail and death threats

Mr Cruz said his work, which mixes Christ with symbols of pop culture, was a symbol of a patriarchal society where men were ‘worshipped’. But the display has caused uproar among conservative Catholics, who say it is a mockery of their faith.

The Cultural Centre of the Philippines in Manila has been flooded with calls to withdraw the exhibit since it opened in June.

Mr Cruz, a 37-year-old visual and performance artist, added that it was his intention to provoke a reaction but he was surprised at the anger of the response.

‘You can't force people. But I just hope that when we look at something, the process doesn't stop at the surface,’ he said.

‘This speaks about objects that we worship, how we create these gods and idols, and how we in turn are created by our gods and idols.'

A number of furious locals have taken to Facebook to vent their anger. One user wrote: ‘May your soul burn to [sic] hell, you Devil pro [sic] artist,’.

Emmanuel Fernandez, a teacher who is a member of the staunchly Catholic social group Knights of Columbus, also opposes the penis crucifix, saying: ‘It is very offensive to the majority, since the majority are Christian. It's sort of mocking the faith,’

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