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On controversial drag show: Respect should be the foundation

In Catholicism, the Ama Namin, also known as the Lord’s Prayer or Our Father, is a sacred and deeply revered prayer. It holds significant meaning for Catholics around the world, and its words are considered sacred. The act of remixing the Ama Namin during a drag show while dressed in a Jesus costume would be deeply offensive to many Catholics.

Catholicism teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is to be worshiped and respected. Using His image in a disrespectful or mocking manner, especially in the context of a drag show that parodies religious beliefs, would be considered highly disrespectful and blasphemous.

Catholics believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings and recognize the importance of freedom of expression. However, exercising this freedom should always be done with respect for the beliefs and values of others.

Mocking or disrespecting religious symbols, prayers, or figures is not conducive to fostering understanding, dialogue, and mutual respect among different communities.

If such an event were to occur, it would be understandable for Catholics to express their hurt and disappointment, as well as to call for greater respect for their sacred beliefs. Engaging in peaceful dialogue and explaining the significance of the Ama Namin and the reverence Catholics hold for religious symbols and practices could be a way to foster understanding and promote respect for diverse religious beliefs.

It is important to remember that the Catholic Church teaches forgiveness and love toward all individuals, even when their actions are offensive or disrespectful. Responding with grace and compassion, while firmly expressing the hurt caused, can lead to a more constructive dialogue and a greater chance of building bridges between different communities.

The Offensive Nature of the Performance

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The drag show, known for its extravagant and boundary-pushing nature, crossed a line for many viewers with its remix of the Our Father and the dressing of a Jesus costume. The sacred words were twisted and transformed into an irreverent rendition, accompanied by explicit and provocative visuals. Such a performance is seen by critics as an intentional insult and mockery of deeply held religious beliefs.

Disrespecting Religious Sensibilities

The main point of contention lies in the disrespect shown towards the religious sensibilities of millions of people worldwide. The Our Father is a prayer revered by countless individuals who find solace, guidance, and spiritual connection through its sacred words. Altering and distorting it in a blasphemous manner is seen as an affront to their faith and a disregard for the values they hold dear.

Protection of Religious Freedom

Condemning the blasphemous drag show performance is not an attack on artistic expression or freedom of speech. Rather, it is an exercise in protecting religious freedom, which is a fundamental human right. Just as individuals have the right to express themselves artistically, others have the right to practice their faith without being subjected to offensive and disrespectful acts that undermine their beliefs.

Promoting Tolerance and Respect

In a diverse society, respect for differing beliefs and values should be a foundation upon which we build understanding and harmony. While art can be provocative and challenge societal norms, it is crucial to strike a balance that respects the dignity of all individuals. Tolerance and empathy should guide our creative endeavors, fostering an environment where diverse perspectives are acknowledged without resorting to mockery or insult.

A Call for Accountability

Condemnation of the blasphemous drag show performance is not an attempt to stifle artistic expression but rather a call for accountability. Artists have a responsibility to consider the potential impact of their work on various segments of society. Pushing boundaries should not come at the expense of trampling on religious beliefs or needlessly offending others.

Fr. Justy F. More, S.Th.L.,M.A. is the Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Kalibo in the central Philippines. He is also the Director of the Diocesan Commission on Sacred Liturgy and the Director of the Christian Formation and Development Center of the Aklan Catholic College.

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