Monday, October 12, 2009

One Nation Under God

There has been some interesting statements about this painting, "One Nation Under God," by Jon McNaughton.


No one is shocked at this kind of painting. It's pretty standard of egocentric Christians to believe that god blessed America above others and that our constitution was written by Jesus (not literally obviously). Even the way people use historic figures who aren't even christian as part of their platform is standard fare.

The "controversial" part is who the artist decided to put in the lower right hand corner with Satan:


There's a "liberal news reporter," a professor clutching Darwin's Origin Of Species, a judge weeping over Roe vs. Wade, a pregnant woman, a "Mr. Hollywood," a politician, and a lawyer all huddled next to Satan.

You can read an explanation as to why the artist chose these people here and what they're suppose to represent, but I do think it's interesting who the artist decided not to include.

Now, I don't think it needs to be said that I defend the artist's right to create whatever he decides and that we shouldn't ridicule his ideas - no matter how misguided they may be.

I just think it's interesting is all.

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