A Minister in Argentina issued an apology after posting an appalling display of mockery towards the Christian faith. The minister attended an art exhibit in Argentina where he happily ate a piece of cake shaped like the body of Jesus Christ.
Enrique Avogadro, the Minister of Culture in Buenos Aires, was forced to apologize after intense backlash from the Christian community.
The event, The Contemporary Art Fair, took place from May twenty-sixth to May twenty seventh at the Hippodrome of Palermo in Buenos Aires. Featured in the exhibition was the ‘Body of Christ’ cake which depicted a crucified Christ as an edible cake with red velvet ‘wounds’ covering the body.
According to attendees who took videos and photos of the minister, Avogadro was seen smiling and laughing as he indulged on a piece of ‘Jesus’ arm.’
The disrespectful act, once posted to social media, quickly gained traction and attention from people in Argentina and around the world. The minister’s actions sparked outrage and disbelief which led Avogadro to issue a public apology.
Taking to Facebook, he initially issued an apology, stating; “I regret the discomfort that many people that I love and respect have transmitted to me, which surely reflects a similar feeling in many other people.”
However, he then backtracked his apology and further stated; “I have a very clear opinion in favor of freedom of expression, particularly when it is linked to issues that challenge us, make us reflect, or are opposed to our own convictions. I also think that the place of art is often precisely that of making us uncomfortable and shaking us.”
According to FaithWire; write for CNS news, Michael W. Chapman issued the following question; “It is not known whether the “artists” Pool and Marianela have ever made a life-size cake for consumption of the Islamic leader Mohammed or of the Quran, but if they had, it seems highly unlikely that the Buenos Aires culture minister would have unhesitatingly tried a slice, on video, with a big smile on his face.” Chapman inferred that the Argentine minister would not have taken a slice because it would have been rampantly deemed offensive.
However, for some strange reason, it is apparently okay for all walks of culture to mock Christianity.