SAO PAULO, Brazil — Images taken at a recent homosexual pride parade in Brazil are raising concern as they show a number of attendees blaspheming Christ and desecrating religious images during the event.
One of the photographs creating the greatest stir is that of “transgender” actor Viviany Beleboni riding in a two million spectator pride parade in Sao Paulo as he hangs from a cross.
According to BuzzFeed, Beleboni asked an effects artist to simulate Christ’s bloody wounds on his body, and then was affixed to a cross wearing a crown of thorns and only a loin cloth. The sign over Beleboni’s head read “Enough of Homophobia.” He said that the depiction was to parallel Christ’s suffering with that of homosexuals.
Another photograph circulating online shows two topless lesbian woman hanging on the cross together, likewise with a crown of thorns on their heads. As they kiss each other on the lips, above their heads is a sign that reads “LGBT.” Other photos likewise show men depicting Christ crucified while kissing their partner.
Additionally, photographs show nude men smashing religious symbols on the ground and one transgendered person stripped naked in front of a church while dancing in a sexually suggestive manner. One man and woman sat naked atop of a pile of crucifixes and used some to cover their private parts.
According to reports, a number of banners carried in the parade decried Christianity, such as “Christians are homophobes” and “Jesus was gay.”
Outcry has arisen online with the release of the photographs, including from local pastor Mark Feliciano, who took to Facebook to express his concerns about the matter.
“Is it right to mock faith at the door of a church? Is it right to have Jesus do a gay kiss? Is it right to insert a crucifix in my [rear end]?” he wrote. “But I can’t say I’m against it. That makes me intolerant, right?”
“I notice they’re not targeting Buddha or Mohammed,” also wrote American Power blogger Donald Douglas. “Why? Because this movement is an anti-Christ movement and no Christian can support it in any way.”
Brazilian Federal Deputy Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor, says that his website was hacked and taken down by homosexual activists the day of the Sao Paolo Pride Parade. He likewise decried the images that surfaced from the event.
“I’m indignant at what happened in the gay parade in Sao Paulo, because they used symbols of, my faith—which is the Christian faith—exposed publicly in an act of complete lack of respect,” Feliciano stated. “I’m talking about people who think that their rights are greater than my rights, who think that they can take my Christ, the cross of my Christ, or everything that has to do with my Christ, and expose it in the street, in the middle of the filth.”
Now, some lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban “obscene and degrading acts which show prejudice against Catholics and Evangelicals.”
“There is a general revulsion with this nefarious, unscrupulous and abominable attitude,” said Senator Magno Malta. “You have passed the limit.”