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Weirdest Passion Article

From the New Statesman, the leftist British publication

The violence is not only heavy-handed, it is unrealistic. I know this because I have been crucified myself. An enactment ritual has existed in the Philippines since 1961, and in August 2000 I was the first westerner to take part.

When I got back from The Passion of the Christ, I decided to watch the 15-minute film of my crucifixion, shot by Sarah Lucas, for the first time in more than a year. I saw myself lying down on my cross, holding out my hands, first one, then the other, to a Filipino I had never met, who bathed them in alcohol before pressing his thumb down in the centre of the palm, feeling again for the right point of entry. My arms were strapped to the bars with two ribbons of cloth on each side – presumably to prevent me from jerking them away, from tearing the nails loose. My feet were supported on a small platform of wood.

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Rod Dreher

posted March 16, 2004 at 11:49 pm

What a sad, tortured wretch that man is.

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James Freeman

posted March 17, 2004 at 12:40 am

Just when you fear you’ve seen — or, in this case, read — everything, you realize (alas) there always will be an England.
And suicidal, atheistic, anarchist English “artists.”
It’s a pity Mr. Horsley passed on the scourging before he was crucified.

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R James

posted March 17, 2004 at 12:57 am

“His sin is worse than murder; he has made bad art.”
Oh great! now we can just murder someone and say “Hey! at least I didnt make bad art.”

“… I saw myself lying down on my cross, holding out my hands, first one, then the other, to a Filipino I had never met, who bathed them in alcohol before pressing his thumb down in the centre of the palm, feeling again for the right point of entry”

Of course the Roman Medical Unit was busy that day for the Alchohol routine on Christ. Romans were particulary known for their compassion and adherence to strict medical standards during a crucifixion.
“In comparison to Gibson’s film, mine is gentle, poetic and understated – and the impact greater as a result. The whisper is always louder than the shout.”
Sadly the Roman Scourging Experts were absent to test this theory.

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posted March 17, 2004 at 10:07 am

This author struck me as an unimaginative imitator of Oscar Wilde: so self-consciously shocking and “provocative”. I wasn’t shocked, but saddened by his narcissistic exagerration and immaturity.

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Therese Z

posted March 17, 2004 at 11:25 am

The man clearly has a sexual memory of his crucifixion. He is sad and sick.
Pause and pray for people who mix sex with pain, sex with anger, sex with death.

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posted March 17, 2004 at 3:33 pm

The chap is still alive,what kind of crucifixion is that?

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posted March 17, 2004 at 3:49 pm

Whoa, this guy is absoloutely off the edge. Weird is right, Amy.

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