Sunday, February 22, 2009

Obama, Jesus, MLK, in that order

"Obama beats out Jesus as America's hero" reads the headline of the Chicago Sun-Times, with just a touch of hometown pride. Yes, it's a real article. I've got a screenshot in case they take it down.

The reason I thought that might be necessary is that I'm thinking some people, and I'm not necessarily one of them, might question the taste of the accompanying portraits. They've got the president and the Reverend on either side of a mid-crucifixion Jim Caviezel from "The Passion of the Christ."

While the individual images themselves might be unobjectionable in a different context, the arrangement of the three vertically, as if in order of finish in an election, is very funny. And very funny gags at Jesus's expense are often controversial.

And there's no way the humor is unintentional. Obama's picture shows him holding up his hand as if to quiet an adoring crowd... it's too well done.

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