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One Nation under God

Really this stuff is beyond comment. I’ve actually never seen anything in this category. To get the full effect, make sure to move the mouse cursor over everything in the picture and see the writer’s little captions explaining what it is and what it means. My favorite:

“U.S. Constituion: Inspired of God and created by God-fearing, patriotic Americans.”

24 Comments

  1. Robby wrote:

    Notice how the artist has placed all the “liberals” to the left of Christ (sheep on the right, goats on the left). the only exception to this is the pregnant women who is coming to the decision to “keep her baby”. Perhaps she is under judgment until this decision comes to fruition. At the very least she is pointing to the sheep and receiving wisdom from their example. I doubt this was the intention of the artist, but I could not help but think of this when I saw the picture.
    Its interesting to note the apocalyptic imagery too. The foundation of American civil society is something that is inspired and revealed to us ultimately by Christ himself. Those who show reverence to Christ are those who show support and allegiance to the civil system.

    This kind of crap really knocks the wind out of me. What scares me most, is that this kind of thinking is not just a matter of ignorance or lack of education but is rooted in devotion to false gods. It just goes to show how misdirected faith can scare people into blind devotion.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  2. dave wrote:

    I don’t know if others think this when they see stuff like this, but I always immediately assume that it’s an overdone parody and have some disbelief that the person is sincere. Maybe I’m too deeply rooted in cynicism. I understand that they are sincere, but I want to think that the only way someone could actually make/produce something like that is if they were making fun.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    Guys, there’s so many layers to this thing its just unbelievable. If you’ll look closely you’ll actually see Satan himself whispering in the ear of “Mr. Hollywood.”

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  4. dave wrote:

    Holy shit! Why is satan in the picture? Right behind Mr. Hollywood and the Professor. Nice.

    This made my day, Halden.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  5. Brad A. wrote:

    And the mother who is “releasing her child to touch the Constitution”…as though to touch the hem of his garment and be healed.

    I looked briefly in the Gallery and saw another interesting painting where soldiers from many places and times are bowing to Jesus and dropping their weapons, overcome by emotion at the peace brought by Jesus (as the title indicates). That wouldn’t be quite so bad, except that in conjunction with this, it’s the modern liberal state that saves. Great paintings to illustrate Cavanaugh’s new book…

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  6. Erin wrote:

    My favorite part is the soldier that represents MLK.
    It’s the attention to detail that makes it so satisfying.
    Poe’s law?

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  7. Halden wrote:

    Seriously.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  8. Brad A. wrote:

    Oh, and be sure to notice how business is God-fearing while contemporary government, the academy, and Hollywood are not.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink
  9. Cortney wrote:

    The entire thing is unbelievable. My favorite is the immigrant in the left hand corner who’s apparently shocked as “he realizes where the source of America’s greatness comes from”. At least he made it to Christ’s right hand side and isn’t kneeling next to Satan. I am surprised and a little disappointed that Christ isn’t wearing an American flag pin though.

    I think someone should create one of these showing American Christians repenting for their sins of war, oppression, injustice, apathy, greed, and racism. Most of which have been done in the name of the god they fear.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  10. atimetorend wrote:

    Wow! I echo your, “I’ve actually never seen anything in this category.” Someone could write a book about the picture.

    The soldier representing MLK is amazing as noted above. Also when you mouse over him, you read:
    Represents the modern American Soldier. He happens to have the last name of “King” on his body armor. He stands as a tribute to Martin Luther King – a great leader of American Civil Rights.

    Because actually putting MLK in the picture would have been a problem? Maybe it would have caused the artist to exceed their African American quota? At least he wasn’t wearing “Thurmond” on his body armor!

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  11. Andy Alexis-Baker wrote:

    The civil war soldier has his hands over his face for the travesty of Americans killing Americans. The preacher in the lower left of the picture holds a Bible. No travesty in the fact that Christians have killed Christians (let alone the people we are supposed to announce the gospel to).

    My personal reactions to this type of imagery is a mixture of anger, apathy (what do we expect from Constantinians?), revulsion, sadness, and sarcasm. If an atheist had painted a picture like this, where all those who expressly denied a god were extolled, or if that person had painted it to mock Christians, I would not have nearly the guttural reaction. It is because a Christian did this that makes it so bad.

    Thinking about this in terms of religious art, this is not akin to the icons of other churches that Protestants once held to be so abhorrent. Icons point to something beyond ourselves, this points only self-referentially and can only be an idol, never an icon. This is idolatry under Christian guise, which makes it a particularly potent target for criticism.

    But this is nothing. How about this real live church service from Cornerstone Church in Nashville in 2008, with Marines propelling form the ceiling, giant flags on the stage and Oliver North giving the sermon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnUWDngr1eU

    Here is a sermon from the pastor about the slogan ‘compel them to come in” in which he recounts how he forced Dallas County inmates to go to chapel by hitting them with a toilet plunger. http://www.youtube.com/user/oldlefty66#p/a/u/0/hGUfvcv7–Q

    The art is nothing compared to the real thing…

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  12. Halden wrote:

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, the author is actually a Mormon.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  13. Andrew wrote:

    I would like to point out that this creative abortion is mislabeled as “fine art.”

    Comparing today’s standard of Christian art to the past is fairly funny, but not “ha ha” funny, more like “hey guys, I don’t think my arm is supposed to bend this way” funny. If we keep going in this direction, Christians will be producing the finest reality TV shows, LOL cats, and pornography within the next fifty years.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  14. Andy Alexis-Baker wrote:

    Certainly doesn’t help rehabilitate my view of Mormons that I got from reading Krakauer’s book, “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Interesting that you cannot tell the difference between that Mormon heretical crap and regular old evangelical nationalism from people like Maury Davis of Cornerstone Church in Nashville.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  15. Halden wrote:

    Yeah, conservative evangelicalism is the very close runner up behind Mormonism as the most disgustingly American religion ever conceived.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
  16. Rachel wrote:

    If you go to the homepage of that website the artist says, “sometimes art is the expression of things too subtle for words.” Dude, there is NOTHING subtle about THAT!

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Permalink
  17. Jared wrote:

    Here’s an awesome rendition of the same painting, but with much different captions on the scroll over.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/McNaughton%20Fine%20Art.htm

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
  18. Bobby Grow wrote:

    I was under the impression, when I first saw this, that this looked like the “Mormon Jesus.” It’s also interesting that Glenn Beck is LDS, and his views are well captured by this picture and the captions therein.

    This is scary, but certainly not surprising.

    Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:59 am | Permalink
  19. Robby wrote:

    See, thats part of what gives me the shivers. I don’t think they are in any way “making fun”. I think this is a pretty fair reflection of some people’s devotion. I’m originally from Texas – *ahem* – and unfortunately this type of thinking is a given for some folks. I remember being in church the Sunday after 9/11 and the song leader led “God Bless America”. I don’t think I can recall a time when I’ve heard a congregation sing with more energy and intention. It was pretty feakin’ depressing to be in there, wishing that I could be a part of a community that would be willing to proclaim Christ crucified and risen with just as much enthusiasm as they do their divinely-mandated ‘patriotism’. You’ll have to excuse me now while I go find an immigrant to share Jesus with.

    Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  20. This artist talks a lot about symbolism. So what symbolism is he sending by having Jesus pointing to the US Constitution instead of the The Father? Or Jesus wearing a red sash not to symbolize His blood, but the Americans who died for “God and country?” And Christ doesn’t look into the future to the new creation, no he’s looking instead to the future of America, and he’s sad.

    And “Christ is holding the U.S. Constitution symboliz[ing] His approval of this incredible document.” I’m not sure who told him Christ approved, or why he should even care.

    Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  21. Robby, the artist does have the “righteous” on the right hand side symbolically. He states exactly this.

    “The righteous are on the right hand of God. Notice there are more on the good side. I believe the majority of Americans are good.”

    …except of course the media, professors, judges, politicians, and entertainers. They’re bad.

    Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  22. That would explain Skousen.

    Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  23. And the other soldiers aren’t sad because they killed fellow human beings. It only matters that they’re American.

    Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  24. In other news: http://i.imgur.com/r4e2C.jpg

    Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

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