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Offensive to Christians: zealots destroy a Sydney mural

Offensive to Christians: zealots destroy a Sydney mural

A mural described as ‘a direct attack on Christians or anyone who believes in a God’ was obliterated last week by Christian vigilantes.

According to this report, the work – “The Happy Ending” – by street artist Scott Marsh was done to celebrate Australia’s vote in favour of marriage equality in a plebicite. It featured two homophobes – former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who vigorously campaigned against same-sex marriage, and Catholic Cardinal George Pell, who is facing multiple charges of sexual abuse.

Last Friday, a day after the mural was painted over, a group of about 20 Catholics visited the site of the painted-out mural to pray the rosary in reparation. They knelt down and bowed their heads as they prayed. One young man wielding a thurible purified the area with holy incense.

The mural was painted on a wall of the Botany View Hotel on November 15.

A 28-year-old Catholic named Charbel along with a friend took it upon themselves to cover the offending image with black paint as passers-by called them names such as “fat wog” and “bigot”.

Charbel called the mural “offensive to the general public” and “pornography.”

This is homosexual activists saying we are here, we are loud and strong and when you oppose us we’ll accuse you of hate and not being reasonable and acceptable. What I want to know is, where’s our acceptance?

The mural’s painter told reporters that he only intended his mural as a satirical piece in support of same-sex marriage and that he did not intend to target Catholic opposition to homosexuality.

I’m conscious of people’s religions, I tried to make it about George Pell. That’s why I didn’t include any religious iconography.

But the mural included Pell wearing a clerical collar and zucchetto, signs that he is a consecrated celibate priest and a cardinal.

One of the men who gathered at the painted-over mural to pray the rosary on Friday said that he wouldn’t want young children, such as his niece, exposed to the material.

I’m all for freedom of speech – I think it’s what makes a country like ours great. But I also think it has to have a basic level of common decency and respect for one another.

The man said the group was there:

To pray peacefully and to pray for those we disagree with.

John Haley, writing for the Australian Independent Media Network, said he was told by a “Catholic informant” present at Friday’s prayer session that the protesters had came from three separate Christian churches and were not the “Catholics” they initially pretended to be.

He added:

The vandalism of Scott Marsh’s work didn’t stop at the image of Abbott and Pell. A Facebook group called “Christian Lives Matter” instigated and provoked “Christians” to continue attacking Scott Marsh’s work which included a privately commissioned image of George Michael on Devine Street Reserve, painted by private commission a year ago.

One person has been arrested for defacing that image, and another lost his job, when he was filmed defacing the mural while wearing his employer’s logo on his shirt. They are both facing fines for vandalising private property.

8 responses to “Offensive to Christians: zealots destroy a Sydney mural”

  1. Brummie says:

    Yet cruel political cartoons are perfectly acceptable in the national press every day. Nothing should be sacred or above ridicule.

  2. Broga says:

    The truth hurts.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    I find religious iconography offensive, but I don’t go around vandalising it. (Well, ahem, maybe there was just one tiny little instance when I felt compelled to re-home a certain item.)

  4. Broga says:

    The skeletal, writhing figure of Jesus, face contorted in agony, nails through the limbs is outside many RC churches. Yet that is accepted.

  5. sowa says:

    “I’m all for freedom of speech – I think it’s what makes a country like ours great. But I also think it has to have a basic level of common decency and respect for one another.”

    Translation: I am all for freedom of speech, except I am not all for freedom of speech.

    Notice those fucks suddenly invoking respect, because something’s biting them in their stinky arses. People who have no problem with painting homosexuals as immoral, wicked, deranged, evil etc. Where was your bloody respect back then, huh? What makes you think you deserve any? Scum like this “Charbel” and his groupies think they can spit in other people’s faces and they should pretend it’s raining. Welcome to reality, where you don’t occupy pedestal all the time.

  6. StephenJP says:

    Broga: that is a reminder that Christian dogma and imagery are primitive, gruesome and (in my opinion) deeply immoral.

    Lenny Bruce once scandalized 60s audiences by suggesting that if Jesus had lived in the US, Christians would be going around with little silver electric chairs round their necks. As a child of those times, I was tempted to set a trend! But a modern superstition would have been no better – indeed worse – than an ancient one.

  7. Robster says:

    So a very dead deity dangling from a stick is okay then?

  8. Broga says:

    sowa: Religious freedom: you can have freedom of speech as long as you speak what I want you to say.

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