Crucified cartoon frog angers Pope, President in hospital. Jesus still dead.

It’s that Crazy Frog again!

Crucifixion of Saint Peter, by CaravaggioMy avid blogging competitor, PZ Myers, desperately tries to take the steam out of my inexorable rise in the blogging ranks with this piece, about a sculpture depicting a crucified frog in an Italian modern art gallery.

The Pope, who is apparently some kind of weird frock-wearing Italian version of Bill Donohue, finds it blasphemous and has asked the gallery to remove it from display.  The board of the gallery voted 6-3 against removing it.  Previously Franz Pahl, the President of the regional government in Bolzano, where the gallery is situated, had gone on hunger strike over the sculpture and ended up in hospital.  Pahl says the frog “wounds the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God’s love”.

Ever seeking to satisfy the public thirst for cheap pictures of animal torture, the unfeeling blogger Myers has stuck up, before the fold, a picture of the offending depiction of frog torture, a  crime made all the more heinous by the fact that the depiction is clearly  exaggerated, cartoon-like, and resembles nothing so much as a child’s muppet model.

So instead of that I’ve decided to display something far more tasteful.  Because this is merely a realistic depiction of an unfortunate specimen of homo sapiens plucked out of the lab and being nailed to some planks of wood shaped in a cross, this isn’t at all offensive or blasphemous.

So sacred, indeed, that this exquisite depiction of a human execution is displayed in a chapel in Rome not far from where Herr Ratzenberger parks his Popemobile.  Mr Myers is unavailable for comment.  A spokesperson who answered his phone muttered something about albino ninja assassins being sighted in Morris, Minnesota.

No images of the sacred Kermit were harmed in the production of this picture.

(Image: The Crucifixion of Saint Peter by Caravaggio, on display at Santa Maria del  Popolo in Rome)

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