Tarry for the Nonce

June 21, 2006

The Battle Cry

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 8:28 am

I don’t find the image particularly appealing, but why the fuss over the Wayne Rooney picture?

Ostensibly, it’s offensive to Christians and Muslims. Who knew?

‘It’s quite a disturbing image and because the paint is wet, it really looks like blood,’ [Rev Rod Thomas of Church of England evangelical group Reform] said.

‘It therefore brings to mind the crucifixion to many people, and why Nike would want to do that, I haven’t a clue, unless it is simply as a publicity stunt.

‘The trivialisation of Christ’s suffering is highly offensive to Christians and to God. This will cause real hurt to people.

‘The other aspect of it is the aggression contained in it, bound up with the flag of St George, which you might see as a throwback to the Crusades, which is hardly going to go down well with Muslim countries. It’s offensive on several different levels.’

I suppose if someone is anticipating offense, offense will be given. But, to me, the images sorta looks like a painted warrior. Or the Red Cross. Or the mirror image of the Swiss flag. But I can honestly say that parallels to the crucifixion of Christ didn’t even occur to me.



  1. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s meant to look like the English flag. I don’t know where people are getting the crucifixion from, it’s not like he’s bleeding from his wrists/palms. Bizarre.

    Comment by Kevin — June 21, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

  2. If you ignore the PC police, will they go away?

    Comment by Troy — June 22, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

  3. Bottom line: England still looked like a lackluster nation searching for an elusive 40 year old glory when they tied with Sweden on Tuesday. Their football (soccer) prowess in this Cup is way overhyped.

    Comment by Mueller — June 22, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

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