Artist Michael D’Antuono was planning to unveil “The Truth” — a portrait of President Obama wearing a crown of thorns and holding his hands in crucifix form — tomorrow in New York’s Union Square to commemorate Obama’s 100th day in office, but decided to cancel after receiving thousands of angry e-mails about the portrait’s religious overtones.
The portrait, which shows Obama lifting a dark veil to reveal (or hide) the presidential seal, was not meant to offend Christians or make light of their beliefs, D’Antuono told Mark Hemingway of National Review Online.
Whether D’Antuono is sincerely aiming for deep conversation or mere provocation is unclear; his own website describes the painting this way: “More than a presidential portrait, ‘The Truth’ is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation’s current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue.”
I am not sure what this artist really meant by his depiction but I certainly can see the messiah likeness represented in his painting. I can hear the shouts of hosanna coming from the disciples of this “messianic” cult figure all across the land and particularly on the network news. There are some who worship at the church of Obama without any pause or reflection. They are like sheep being led to the slaughter and apparently D’Antuono is one of them. As for me any my house I shall serve the Lord and Him only. You can have your false messiah, I’ll keep the one and only Jesus. Nevertheless Lord Jesus come quickly!
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