The Last Supper

Feb 20th, 2008, in IM Posts, by

Likely criminal charges against Tempo magazine for blasphemy against Christianity.

The 4th-10th February edition of Tempo magazine carried on its front cover this picture, for a story tempo titled "Setelah Dia Pergi", "After He's Gone", showing former president Soeharto having dinner with his six children:

Soehartos Last Supper
Soeharto's Last Supper

The original:

The Last Supper
The Last Supper

Given the picture's similarity to Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" some Christians, particularly Catholics, felt that Tempo was suggesting that Soeharto was in some way similar to Jesus Christ, and a storm erupted with Tempo management quickly apologising.

On 20th February representatives from a Christian youth group called Aliansi Mahasiswa dan Pemuda Kristen (AMPK), visited Jakarta police headquarters to give witness in police investigations into the case. Tempo magazine, or its proprietors and editors, may soon face prosecution for blasphemy against Christianity, both historical western branches of which are official religions in Indonesia. antara


37 Comments on “The Last Supper”

  1. avatar Enigmatic says:

    Goobers Says:

    March 2nd, 2008 at 7:48 pm
    Enigmatic,
    I apologize for referring to you, I was actually referring to enigmatic-2. I did not know that you are exist. You’re absolutely right that your username is too cOOl!

    Shalom & Blessings

    nah it’s ok. thanks for the compliment though.

    And yes I agree my username is cool.

  2. avatar Budi Bahasa says:

    Tempo have illustrated something thru a picture and words
    that they made its as journalism freedom.

    Ok, that’s wonderful.
    Though the shadow of Dan Brown mindset of his “Da Vinci Code”
    colouring their abiities to think & perception. By even symbolism
    its appear they only do imitation really!

    It’s lucky for Tempo since they’re strived of the struggle courted against Tommy Winata.

    Christians’ now in tumble down by stimulant sentiment by Tempo picture & words,
    if their too easy for reacting by something that business lies on profit oriented where
    such Tempo try to trigger their sale volumes by religion sentiment issue.

    By controversial one, its shows that Tempo has loosing their creative energy to compete in magazine business. So, leave Tempo alone! Then the issue will fade
    a way, and Tempo will stuck still in their comfortable perception of creativity and such freedom about journalism, where the public even then already knows what the background and who’s Tempo actually. Only the group of imitator and plagiator, if there’s not or …’picisan’ provacator might be.

    Berbudi bukan hanya berbudaya, namun juga berperasaan.
    Budi Bahasa

  3. avatar Mach Jabber says:

    Now that I think about it, quite a lot of modern preaching materials offend atheism.

    Et tu, atheists?

    Nah, that’ll never happen. Perhaps.

  4. avatar LLunarlustt says:

    tommy soeharto vs tommy winata….. …whoever wins own the next project…..

  5. avatar kinch says:

    don’t get between them at dinner time 🙂

  6. avatar Patrick says:

    Blasphemy against Christians? Hardly worthy of that charge! I think the editors of Tempo chose a clever cartoon that is quite funny and certainly appropriate given the present political and business climate in Indonesia. Soeharto’s shadowy ghost will haunt Indonesia for many year to come and the cartoon shrewdly illustrates that fact. Now if we can get the same reaction for cartoons depicting Islam in a similar fashion then just maybe real democracy has finally arrived in Indonesia. Separation of Church and State keeps the Peace!

  7. avatar Diana says:

    I personally think this is not blasphemy. OK, I know this masterpiece is holy to the Christians but I think whoever who love to pose as the masterpiece are free to do so as long as there are no bad intention. The best advice I can give are RESPECT each other religion and believe in KARMA. How great you are in this world, you’re still an atom in the sea of GOD INFINITY GREATNESS..

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