The Advocate reports on protests by Serbian ulranationalists against Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin's Ecce Homo. The exhibition of twelve representations of biblical scenes, re-imagined for a modern world includes a highly controversial take on Da Vinci's Last Supper featuring Jesus in high heels, as well as disciples who are gender transgressive, and in some cases wearing what The Advocate terms "fetish gear."
Perhaps it's that I was not raised Christian. Or the fact that my own faith is somewhat unconventional, and heavily relies on re-interpreting ancient traditions to fit our world today, but personally I can never understand why images like this one this are such an issue.
My understanding of Jesus Christ is very limited, in no small part by the fact that so many self-identified Christians seem to portray conflicting ideas about who He was and what His messages truly meant. So forgive my ignorance when I say this:
It seems that images like these are often interpreted by Christians as intended to offend. However, could it not also be said that part of the way faith speaks to us as individuals is by showing us something of ourselves reflected back when we look at the divine? I can easily imagine a queer/LGBT person, social non-conformist, or kinkster of faith (yes, there are lots of religious kinksters) seeing in this image, a Christ who speaks to their hearts in a way that perhaps Da Vinci's original does not.
And with that thought, here's what you need to know today: