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Offensive Cartoon Has German Christians Fuming
spiegel.de ^ | 08/28/2012 | n/a

Posted on 08/28/2012 8:36:32 PM PDT by massmike

Lampooning religion has proven an easy way to get into hot water in recent years. Caricatures poking fun, or outright hostility, at Islam have been especially prone to producing controversy -- or even violence.

Now, however, it is Germany's Christians who find themselves on the receiving end of an indelicate cartoon. Several religious leaders in Kassel, the western German city that is currently hosting the semi-decadal art exhibition Documenta, have protested against a drawing advertising a show in the city's caricature museum. "I find it problematic when a caricature disparages the very heart of a faith," Barbara Heinrich, a Protestant official in the city, told German news agency DPA. Local Catholic priest Harald Fischer has likewise criticized the caricature, according to the local paper, the Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA), as have Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders from the area.

The cartoon in question is hanging outside the Kulturbahnhof, a cultural center which houses the caricature museum, known as Caricatura. It depicts Jesus in agony on the cross as a voice calls down from heaven, "Hey, you. I f***ed your mother."

The artist behind the caricature, Mario Lars, likewise expressed surprise at the burgeoning debate. "It was not my intention to hurt the feelings of the faithful," Lars said. "I was just making a joke…. (The church) should stand aloof of such things and address more important problems. Such a large commotion over a small joke isn't good for the church."

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: blasphemy

1 posted on 08/28/2012 8:36:38 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Christians may be “fuming”, but they are not running around in the streets killing people or setting fires like muslem do.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 8:41:21 PM PDT by doc1019 (Given my choices, I will not be voting this time around.)
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To: massmike

could the artist perhaps be confused with Islam, where I would imagine such acts are encouraged (if not required)


3 posted on 08/28/2012 8:42:57 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: massmike

Am I offended? Yes. At how lame that joke was.


4 posted on 08/28/2012 8:44:06 PM PDT by RichInOC (Jesus is coming back soon...and man, is He ticked off. (I'm trying to keep it clean.))
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To: massmike

5 posted on 08/28/2012 8:48:10 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: massmike

Quick, let’s riot!


6 posted on 08/28/2012 8:49:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bigbob

Yep, he really went out on the edge there. /s


7 posted on 08/28/2012 8:50:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: concentric circles

Is this the “offending art”?

Yeah, as a Christian, I’m offended.

What a pathetic joke and such a horrible drawing! This is “art” nowadays? A two-year-old could create something better than this!


8 posted on 08/28/2012 8:53:55 PM PDT by Sister_T
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To: concentric circles

Whoa. I speak German, that is really out of bounds. To those who don’t, it says pretty much what it sounds like it says to an English speaker.


9 posted on 08/28/2012 8:55:53 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RichInOC
Shalom!

As a JEWISH BORN AGAIN BELIEVER IN MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS THE RISEN CHRIST...I am APPALLED at Mario Lars...He is a NAZI PIG! and that was NO Joke....He is NOT FUNNY!

AND...if Mario Lars does NOT REPENT of this serious Offense to The LORD JESUS CHRIST and ask for FORGIVENESS...he... meaning Lars, just might find himself burning in HELL'S FIRES for ALL ETERNITY!

ANYONE WANT TO JOIN LARS...GO RIGHT AHEAD!

10 posted on 08/28/2012 8:57:53 PM PDT by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: doc1019

Jesus cries out “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” ―Luke 23

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11 posted on 08/28/2012 8:58:16 PM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: massmike
Ecce homo.
12 posted on 08/28/2012 9:20:36 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: massmike

I wonder if Big Boy Mario participated in Everybody Draw Mohammed Day?


13 posted on 08/28/2012 9:33:09 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Now a Chick-fil-A customer . . . God bless Dan Cathy)
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To: massmike
The artist behind the caricature, Mario Lars, likewise expressed surprise at the burgeoning debate. "It was not my intention to hurt the feelings of the faithful," Lars said. "I was just making a joke…. (The church) should stand aloof of such things and address more important problems. Such a large commotion over a small joke isn't good for the church."

Lars, the wannabe artist, is not only a blasphemer, he is also a liar. Clearly his intent was to offend and 'hurt feelings'. His scratchings were neither art, nor humorous. Maybe he thought he could build up street cred with his fellow atheists by getting a rise out of Christians. Sorry, I can only feel pity for the untalented bloke. His 'art' is akin to someone taking a dump in the middle of the street. Sickening, but at the same time you realize that this pathetic person must be mentally ill.

Mocking the Saviour, and his only chance for salvation. Pretty sad. We can only offer a short prayer. Although Lars does not know it, and he would deny it, at this point in life he happens to be Satan's rag doll, who will use and abuse him and lead him to foolish actions. It will take an act of God to pull him out of his nosedive into the eternal fires of hell.

14 posted on 08/28/2012 9:42:06 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: concentric circles

That’s art? That’s clever? The artist can “gefickt” himself but it doesn’t make me want to riot or behead anyone — perhaps that’s why the “artist” felt so comfortable creating this garbage.


15 posted on 08/28/2012 9:53:37 PM PDT by wayne_shrugged
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To: concentric circles

Go home dad, you’re drunk...


16 posted on 08/28/2012 10:11:00 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1317 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: massmike
I know we're supposed to turn the other cheek at this stuff, but I think he needs an old fashioned, taken-out-behind-the-woodshet woopin'.
17 posted on 08/28/2012 10:15:29 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: massmike

Regarding your post #11.

No clearer proof could there be for the truth of the Christian Religion. Jesus prayed for His enemies that none should be lost to perdition.

By the same token, no greater accusatory finger could be pointed at the false god “Allah” the bloody, the unknowable and the vengeful. The words on their signs speak of the darkness in their hearts.

As Christ taught us, “By their fruits, you shall know them.”

It is not ours to judge, but we are fools not to be good fruit inspectors.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 10:25:23 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: massmike

FU too, Lars.


19 posted on 08/28/2012 10:26:02 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: A_Former_Democrat
“I wonder if Big Boy Mario participated in Everybody Draw Mohammed Day?”
No, I can assure you that this piece of Euro-scum did no such thing. I am surrounded by Euro-scum like this specimen on a daily basis, I know how they think.
Take my colleague Ian for instance, he is always mocking and making fun of Christians and their “imaginary friend in the clouds”. He is an atheist you see, so he is more obsessed with religion then most religious people.
One day at work, after listening to his verbal diarrhea for months on end I asked him “why don't you ever mock Islam? I never hear you making fun of Muslims. Why is that?”
His immediate knee jerk response, without even thinking he blurted out “oh, well.. Muslims are violent”
Mind my tagline. It is a true story
20 posted on 08/28/2012 11:45:59 PM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: massmike

He’s a coward and a bully.

If he really wanted to make an impression, he would have made reference to Mohammed.

Of course, THEY cut people’s heads off. He’d much rather insult the nicer folks who he knows won’t punch him out.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 1:07:43 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: All

LUKE 6

27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37 “ Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”


22 posted on 08/29/2012 3:05:37 AM PDT by j_k_l
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To: RegulatorCountry

>> To those who don’t, it says pretty much what it sounds like it says to an English speaker.

Yeah, and Hitler gefickt Germany, and in turn, the gefickten Germans gefickten the World. So I really don’t give a gefickt, and the gefickten toonist can go gefickten his own mutter.

So as far as this Christian is concerned, we’re even.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 3:14:06 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: null and void
Go home dad, you’re drunk...

Excellent.

24 posted on 08/29/2012 4:03:18 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: massmike

25 posted on 08/29/2012 4:18:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: DesScorp
Amen!

For his own good!

26 posted on 08/29/2012 4:29:34 AM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: I still care
"...who he knows won’t punch him out"

I wouldn't put the house on that.

27 posted on 08/29/2012 4:31:43 AM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: Sister_T

nowhere is the Son of Man safe from the animals of this earth


28 posted on 08/29/2012 6:37:45 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: massmike

What the article critically fails to mention is that the offensive text is archetypical for the kind of trash talk used by young immigrant scum (mostly Turkish/Arabic) to insult and provoke people. (Probably one of the ‘top five’ insults used.) Anyone in Germany will immediately recognize it as such.

(Think of some ghetto banger saying “Yo, I’ma gonna put a cap in yo ass” or the like. Instantly identifies the person saying it.)

This does not make it any less offensive, of course. Perhaps even more so: Young muzzie trash insulting Christianity is the message here.


29 posted on 08/29/2012 6:40:35 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: STD

Acts 5:41
The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.


30 posted on 08/29/2012 6:41:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

I take it you remember the rest of the joke?


31 posted on 08/29/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1318 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: El Cid
"It will take an act of God to pull him out of his nosedive into the eternal fires of hell."

I'm thinking that's not going to happen...

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matthew 12:31-32).

32 posted on 08/29/2012 8:07:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: null and void

I do.


33 posted on 08/29/2012 10:12:37 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: massmike

sounds like a Mormon belief (strangely enough Moslems do believe that Jesus was divinely conceived)


34 posted on 08/30/2012 3:39:45 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: El Cid

quite frankly, this is silly mocking. I’d pay him no attention. More serious attacks are like the Dan BRown book.


35 posted on 08/30/2012 3:42:10 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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