Will Brazilians ban ‘blasphemous’ acts?
Following news that Iceland has scrapped its blasphemy law, it is reported here that Brazilian authorities are contemplating legislation that would ban ‘obscene and degrading acts which show prejudice against Catholics and Evangelicals’.
Talk of legislation comes in the wake of “blasphemous” scenes enacted at a recent gay pride parade in Brazil.
One of the photographs circulating on the Internet shows transgender actor Viviany Beleboni, above, on a cross – and it’s causing outrage.
Beleboni asked an effects artist to simulate Christ’s bloody wounds on his body, and was then affixed to a cross wearing a crown of thorns and only a loin cloth. The sign over Beleboni’s head read “Enough of Homophobia.”
Another photograph circulating online shows two topless lesbians hanging on the cross together, likewise with a crown of thorns on their heads. As they kiss each other on the lips, above their heads is a sign that reads “LGBT.”
Other photos likewise show men depicting Christ crucified while kissing their partner.
Additionally, photographs show nude men smashing religious symbols on the ground and one transgendered person stripped naked in front of a church while dancing in a sexually suggestive manner.
One man and woman sat naked atop of a pile of crucifixes and used some to cover their private parts.
According to reports, a number of banners carried in the parade attacked Christianity, such as “Christians are homophobes” and “Jesus was gay.”
Local pastor Mark Feliciano, who took to Facebook to express his concerns about the matter, said:
Is it right to mock faith at the door of a church? Is it right to have Jesus do a gay kiss? Is it right to insert a crucifix in my [rear end]?
American blogger Donald Douglas added:
I notice they’re not targeting Buddha or Mohammed. Why? Because this movement is an anti-Christ movement and no Christian can support it in any way.
Brazilian Federal Deputy Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor, says that his website was hacked and taken down by homosexual activists the day of the Sao Paolo Pride Parade. He likewise decried the images that surfaced from the event.
I’m indignant at what happened in the gay parade in Sao Paulo, because they used symbols of, my faith – which is the Christian faith – exposed publicly in an act of complete lack of respect.I’m talking about people who think that their rights are greater than my rights, who think that they can take my Christ, the cross of my Christ, or everything that has to do with my Christ, and expose it in the street, in the middle of the filth.
Senator Magno Malta ominously added:
There is a general revulsion with this nefarious, unscrupulous and abominable attitude. You have passed the limit.