A viral photo of a man, posing with a beheaded statue of the Santo Niño, has been gaining mixed reactions from netizens. The photos suggest that the man himself beheaded the Santo Nino figure with a saw.
Roman Catholics hold religious icons in high regard. Aside from the crucifix, the Black Nazarene, and icons of Mother Mary as well as the saints – they also regard the dear images of the Santo Niño, the “Holy Child.” This is exactly why the photos of the allegedly defaced icon became a controversial topic. They impeded on the sensibilities of some of the Catholic faithful. Most took the act of beheading a saint figure as blatant disrespect for religion, despite the photos not having any context — the intentions of the man weren’t clear.
Here are some of the indignant netizens’ comments:
“Kung anong sekta ng pinaniniwalaan nyo matuto kayong rumespeto sa paniniwala ng ibang tao..I’m sorry ganyan ba lecture nyo sa sekta nyo na hindi rumespeto sa paniniwala ng iba relihiyon nag tatanong lang po.”
“pre to isipin mo ikaw pinagawan ka ng picture o kht anong representation sayo ng pamilya mo ts putulan dn ng ulo maggng msaya pamilya mo? im not a catholic pero respeto sa lahat ng relihiyon almost lahat ng christian dto sa pilipinas dyan nagmula dyan dn kayo natuto kaya wag kayong umastang malinis ito lang mssabi ko ang totoong relihiyon is asa puso ng lahat kumporme sa paniniwala ng tao.”
“I’m not a Christian, and i find it insulting. please man, we should respect others beliefs.”
Meanwhile, here are comments from those who don’t think the man did anything wrong by beheading a statue of the Santo Nino. Some have cited passages from the bible which say people should not worship icons or the figures of saints themselves.
What can you say about this controversial photo? Do you think this man was purposefully defacing the statue of the Holy Child? Do you find this offensive? Why/why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!