greeney2 wrote:Sandra If it isn't your religion I guess it would be funny.
I am catholic. I smiled because I simply didn't get the message.
If your religious practices are nil or nothing, than blasphamy is no big deal, becasue you just don't care.
My religious practices, my prayers, my thoughts, my reasoning, my life does not need the care of someone else. It needs my faith that I put into all of it. Blasphamy is also subject to personal perception, meaning alot of times there is blasphamy when it is NOT perceived as such, and other times when it comes in a picture created by someone else we are willing to perceive it, etc etc etc. Just like Judgement of another persons religious beliefs, care for them, and so on. I'm not saying the picture was hilarious and a joke, I smiled because I simply didn't get it. I did not get why they would try to convey such a thing, it is powerless, in my eyes, and I end up only thinking about the good things of Mary and her faith, it brings me to contemplate her life her example, not what they intend of it, because I will not accept that as my own.
It just becomes harmless humor, and we all have freedom of speech, like ethnic jokes humor at someone elses expense.
Did you mention ethnic jokes in reference to me? Hope not, thats rugged.
These things are not funny to the Catholic Church, and considered a mortal sin to a Catholic, to Mock the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is considered a sin that will not be held guiltless, and I believe those people will have to deal with their own guilt. I'm not as concerned about a catholic church as much as 'the body of christ'....which this is 'mocking' as well.
Like I said some may chuckle, but for a Catholic to laugh at this, think it is humorous, would be something to include in Confession after thinking about it.
I understand what you are saying....I did not think what THEY were trying to convey was funny. I smiled because I did not get it, simply it just appeared ridiculous.