No no, of course not. She’s all about challenging perceptions … in the safest, least challenging way possible, of course. A close-up plus the ever daring Mary-in-a-burqa shot are here, if you care. My advice: if you’ve a hankering to see a religious icon insulted, skip this lowbrow crap and spend the time reading Hitchens’s new column on Mother Teresa instead. Quote:
She got what she wanted, and found it a crushing disappointment.
It seems, therefore, that all the things that made Mother Teresa famous—the endless hard toil, the bitter austerity, the ostentatious religious orthodoxy—were only part of an effort to still the misery within. Again, the timeline would seem to support this interpretation. After 10 years of gnawing doubt, she reported a brief remission on the death of Pope Pius XII in the fall of 1958. Praying for him at a requiem mass, she found herself relieved of “the long darkness … that strange suffering.” The respite only lasted for five weeks and then she was back “in the tunnel” once more. Soon after came the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, which at a gathering of India’s Catholics in Bombay she violently opposed, saying that what was wanted was not new thinking but more work and more faith. What could be a clearer indication of a deep need to suppress all doubt, both in herself and others?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, the Islamic reaction to the latest tweak of their own most revered figure is as predictable in its own way as the Aussie artwork. Note to Swedish diplomats stationed abroad: it’s time to check the fireproofing at the embassy.