CAPE TOWN - The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) on Tuesday said it shares the serious concerns expressed by many Christians about the contents of a Grade 12 pupil’s final art project at Grantleigh School in Richards Bay.
“We have learnt from a video that has been widely circulated by a parent of the school, that the project, among other things, depicts Jesus Christ and other Biblical figures in a highly derogatory fashion. In addition, the artwork includes torn up pages from a Bible, which is considered to be sacred and the inspired Word of God,” said ACDP’s Rev Kenneth Meshoe in a statement.
The private school which prides itself on its "Christian ethos" has come under fire from parents and the Christian community after allowing a matric pupil to display several works of art that mocked Jesus as a clown at its end of year prize-giving ceremony.
The party said this project which purports to justify the artist’s journey to atheism was, in its view, blasphemous and deeply offensive to many Christians.
“It cannot, in our view, be justified under freedom of artistic creativity, and may well border on hate speech and religious intolerance. It is important that freedom of expression, which includes freedom of artistic creativity, must be balanced against the right of Christians to have their faith respected, as contained in the right to freedom of religion,” the statement said.