Spaniards raging over naked Christ photo

2012-01-26 07:25
Madrid - A photograph of an actor posing naked as Christ with a religious painting over his private parts sparked a petition signed by over 40 000 Spaniards who brand it blasphemous, the protesters said on Wednesday.

They urged Madrid city hall to ban the work by Spanish photographer Sergio Parras from a municipal exhibition at the national Spanish Theatre.

The offending photograph shows an actor preparing for his role as Christ with a wound in his side and a reproduction of religious masterpiece Christ Crucified by the Spanish painter Diego Velasquez covering his genitals.

Conservative religious rights group Mas Libres said it has given city hall a petition signed by 41 600 people protesting at the inclusion of the image in a publicly funded exhibition.

'Offends religious sensibilities'

"It is a photograph that offends religious sensibilities, which is a crime under the penal code in Spain," Mas Libres spokesperson Nicolas de Cardenas told AFP.

"Putting a religious image over the genitals is not exactly a pleasant thing for those for whom that religious image has a greater meaning," he added.

The photograph also sparked complaints last year when it was exhibited outdoors in the central town of Merida. It was removed from that show after protests from Catholic groups.

Madrid city hall said it would not cede to the petition, reiterating recent comments to the media by the authority's arts director Fernando Villalonga, who said the exhibition includes a warning about the photo's content.

"I am not going to take it down," he said. "I am not going to enter into games of provocation with anyone."

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  • Conrad - 2012-01-26 10:36

    a religion is a popular cult, a cult an unpopular religion and if you could seriously reason with a religious person there would probably be no religion left...

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-27 13:09

    Does it really matter? God is fully aware of all this and the Satan's handiwork. God be Praised. There is a God, all the scriptures point to this Fact. Psalms 94 from the King James Version staes that God has Eyes and ears so God can hear and see. We should not stress about these unbelievers and there filth.

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