Editor, AFA Journal
American Family Association
Dear Mr. Vitagliano
Why haven't you commented on R. Crumb's Genesis? I saw a few of the illustrations for the first time last night, and I'm absolutely disgusted. Surely, you had the same reaction.
There is so much to hate about this book, I don't know where to begin. I suppose one could start with the fact that Crumb neglected to include a single dinosaur in his Garden of Eden. But I guess that's a comparatively little thing, really; more an example of bias than outright blasphemy.
Far worse is his depiction of Adam and Eve at the moment they first "knew" each other. Crumb has Adam taking Eve from behind as if she were some prized ewe or valued donkey rather than the mother of all mankind. That's just wrong--they call it "doggy-style" for a reason, dammit. If the missionary position was good enough for
But that's nothing compared to the violence Crumb committed against Genesis chapter 19. Here, he took one of the Bible's most beautifully heart-touching stories of family togetherness, Lot's drunken night of incestuous bliss, and illustrated it with tawdry scenes of animal lust. In Gen. 19:32-33 Crumb turns the panel in which Lot is depicted making sweet procreative love with his daughter into the most degenerate kind of pornography possible by adding the ugliness of an erect nipple.
That nipple ruined it for me. It transformed a sweet, touching scriptural story of a drunken family orgy into an evilly potent catalyst for self abuse--so potent in fact, it is impossible to resist peeling one, or two, or even a dozen, off. I can bear witness to that. My little soldier is as raw as a slab of week old liver.
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
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