19 October 2009

The first church of taking offense

Heard about R. Crumb's comic-book adaptation of Genesis? The Slog passes this along from the Daily Telegraph:
"It is turning the Bible into titillation," said Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute, a religious think-tank. "It seems wholly inappropriate for what is essentially God's rescue plan for mankind.

"If you are going to publish your own version of the Bible it must be done with a great deal of sensitivity. The Bible is a very important text to many many people and should be treated with the respect it deserves."
Thing is, Crumb's adaptation is an entirely straight-faced illustration of the text. (Check out NPR's excerpt, if you want to see for yourself.) So, yes, Adam and Eve are naked, and Lot has incestuous (and unwilling) sex with his daughters. But these are straight out of the text! That's right: a Christian "think-tank" is objecting to the very concept of illustrating the Bible. Slacktivist is right, in spades.

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