While there’s a lot to be getting on with this week in the USA (and, heck, around the world, what with the novel coronavirus & all), it’s interesting to note that some of the old authoritarian tactics condemned many times here on FtB still have not gone away. This time I want to mention Poland, where queer women publicly displayed (and probably created, though that’s something I’m not sure on) an altered version of a famous painting: the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.
The altered version changed the gold halos to rainbow ones:
Three women are accused of injuring religious feelings by hanging and carrying posters of the Rainbow Madonna in association with a queer rights march in Plock in spring of 2019. (Among other places, the posters were affixed to trash cans & porta-potties, which is supposed to somehow help justify Catholic outrage and the prosecution of these three women.)
We do not yet know if the women will be convicted, but if they are, they face up to 2 years in prison. For toning down a gaudy, gold-leaf slathered image. Say it with me people:
Fuck anti-heresy laws, and the Catholic Church they rode in on.