Chocolate Jesus Angers Religious Right

Ken AshfordGodstuff1 Comment

Can’t say I’m surprised.  Background on the giant chocolate Jesus in my earlier post from yesterday.

The Catholic League is upset, not only because Jesus is chocolate, but also because he has chocolate genetalia.  From their press release:


From April 1 to April 7, the Roger Smith Lab Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City will display a 6-foot tall anatomically correct sculpture of Jesus in milk chocolate; the figure is depicted as crucified.  Artist Cosimo Cavallaro titles his work “My Sweet Lord.”  A picture is available on the Internet.  (Click here.)

“As I’ve said many times before, Lent is the season for non-believers to sow seeds of doubt about Jesus."

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Lent is the season for non-believers to sow seeds of doubt about Jesus?  Really?

“All those involved are lucky that angry Christians don’t react the way extremist Muslims do when they’re offended—otherwise they may have more than their heads cut off. James Knowles, President and CEO of the Roger Smith Hotel (interestingly, he also calls himself Artist-in-Residence), should be especially grateful. And if he tries to spin this as reverential, then he should substitute Muhammad for Jesus and display him during Ramadan."

Is it me or does it seem that the Catholic League president William Donahue is a little, er, jealous of extremist Muslims and their head-chopping behavior?

It just strikes me as a little odd:  "Be grateful we won’t cut off your heads like them Muslims.  We WANT to, but our decency prevents us from doing that."

And, now that Donohue says that the Chocolate Jesus artist (Cosimo Cavallaro) wants people to show up and take a bite of His Chocolatey Goodness, his eyes have actually popped out of his head:

"The Roger Smith Hotel will rue the day it sought to declare war on Christian sensibilities"

Gee, what was it the Bible says about pride?

UPDATE:  The eating festival has been "postponed".