Fox News student says that George Floyd’s painting as Jesus Christ at a Catholic university was “heretical, and blasphemous” idolatry.
Blayne Clegg, a junior at the Catholic University of America, was shocked when he saw the painting hanging outside the law school’s chapel a few weeks ago.
Clegg said Fox News, “There is a delicate line between acknowledging the inherent dignity and righteousness human beings made in God’s image and accepting brazen progressive politics.”
Kelly Latimore’s “Mama” painting shows a mother grieving her child and recalls Michelangelo’s “La Pieta” sculpture, according to the school. Michelangelo depicts Mary the Virgin holding Jesus Christ.
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The Daily Signal also reported on the identical painting hanging in the ministry office.
Clegg said that the students’ reactions have been “universally adverse” to Clegg’s painting. Fox News reported Clegg was not surprised by this. I have yet to find anyone who has been able give any serious theological justifications for this type of idolatry.
Clegg stated that Jesus had been depicted with many races but Jesus is never shown as anything other than Jesus, Almighty God’s sinless son. Clegg said, “There have never been any respected Catholic iconmaker or theologian who depicted Jesus Christ with another human being.”
Latimore replied “Yes” when asked if the painting was of Floyd or Jesus. Floyd made a call for his mom in the viral video, which showed him dying under a police officer’s knee.
The university unveiled “Mama” as part of Black History Month, according to a March news release from the law school’s website.
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Latimore, who died in May 2020 after the brutal death of George Floyd, created the icon in June that year,” says the description.
“The image is evocative of the Pietà – the Mother of Sorrows,” the description continues. Mary the Mirror of Justice hears the cry of those who have experienced the pain of losing a loved ones to injustice and violence. Amen.”
Clegg is a former Catholic University College Republicans President.
Catholic University didn’t immediately reply to our request for comment.