Obama as Jesus Stirs Some Ire

Christ sculpture draws protest, but Barack turns the other cheek
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2007 9:04 AM CDT
The offending sculpture   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Another sculpture of Jesus is stirring protest this Holy Week—this time a work portraying Barack Obama as the savior. The Art Institute of Chicago has gotten a flood of angry calls over the piece in an exhibition of student work, close on the heels of the chocolate Christ brouhaha in Manhattan.

David Cordero, an undergrad, calls his piece a response to "this idea that Barack is sort of a potential savior that might come and absolve the country of all its sins." Obama's campaign distanced themselves from the artwork, pointing out that Barack is a fan of free speech, but not necessarily of art that offends religious sensibilities.