A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston.
The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
The painting is called “Truth” – and shows the president with his arms outstretched. A crown of thorns rests on his head.
It was originally supposed to debut nearly four years ago at New York City’s Union Square. But that event was cancelled due to public outrage.
“I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,” D’Antuono told Fox News. “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.”
He dismissed critics who called the display blasphemous.
“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.”
Me, personally? I’m not offended. This is one of those things I don’t have to mock, all I have to do is point and say “See?”
But I do understand why some people would be offended. I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church that would consider that painting to be blasphemous. But blasphemy is protected by the First Amendment. That’s why I find it ironic that the painting depicts the man who said “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam“.
Somehow I doubt that Michael D’Antuono needs to worry about the FBI coming to his house and taking him to prison for blasphemy.
BTW – D’Antuono is dead wrong as far as what some liberals believe about Obama.