As part of its Sexual Responsibility program, the University of Georgia has placed a poster in the dorms that misappropriates Christian iconography to promote condom distribution.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue sent the following letter today to Dr. Rodney D. Bennett, Vice President for Student Affairs:
“This letter is in response to a complaint that has come to my attention from a Catholic student on your campus. It concerns an offensive poster that has been placed in the dorms at the University of Georgia. As you can see from the enclosed, the famous Michelangelo painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling that features the hand of God giving life to Adam has been hijacked to promote condoms.
“I understand that the University of Georgia has just finished having Sexual Responsibility Week. If condom distribution is to be part of that program, surely it can be done without needlessly offending the religious sensibilities of Catholics and Protestants.
“I hasten to add that the University of Georgia would never choose a depiction of Muhammad to hawk condoms. Indeed, only a few years ago an inoffensive depiction of this Islamic figure in a Danish cartoon led to murder and churches being burned to the ground. One can only imagine what would have happened had he been portrayed pushing condoms to youth.
“Thank you for your attention to this matter.”
To view the poster, click here.
Contact Dr. Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org