The passivity of the crucifix

0 Posted by - March 29, 2011 - Blog, Editorial, Screen

The Guardian reported yesterday that the “European Court of Human Rights has ruled that crucifixes are acceptable in state school classrooms as an “essentially passive symbol” with no obvious religious influence.” This bullocks ruling is an overturning of an earlier 2009 decision which actually favoured the claim made by a mother living in an Italian town that Roman Catholic symbols like the cross were sending religious messages in state schools. Sooooo Jesus crosses passive, headscarves and Kirpans aggressive?

In other news, Disney is rolling out its second car culture indoctrination feature, Cars 2 (set to be released in June). At at time when climate change is one of the greatest threats to the survival of humans and the planet and when large-engine and SUV models are outselling fuel-efficient cars in the USA, the magic kingdom delivers another piece of propaganda aimed squarely at future drivers who cannot yet reach the pedals. Since this animated kid’s ad for the auto industry is likely to be as passive as a cross in a classroom, I thought it was fitting to share the above image by Ron English, of that loveable Disney good guy, Mickey Mouse, pinned to a crucifix-like mouse trap.

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