Part of me wants to congratulate cirtholien
for his/her winning of this month's new Live Journal header. It's attractively composed (though the colour does remind me more of Insane Journal than Live Journal), and it's always nice when anyone gains recognition.
But, when I first saw it, something about the imagery bothered me. Something I couldn't quite place my finger on until I read cirtholien
's profile. It would seem I wasn't mistaken, the image does give off a rather heavy Christian vibe. Maybe, for me, it wouldn't have seemed so heavy-handed had the image run during Lent or Holy Week/Easter, but I find it off-putting that an ostensibly secular service like Live Journal would be running a Christian-themed image.
And no, I'm not being anti-Christian, I'd be just as offput had the imagery been seeming to celebrate Wicca/New Age/Paganism, Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Mormonism, or any other religious faith. I don't think I'd have had the same reaction had LJ run that "Coexistence" bumper sticker that attempts to be inclusive off all faiths (or none).
With reactionary conservative religions on the rise throughout the world, I'd have much preferred an image as welcoming to all faiths as it is to none.
Does anyone know of a way to hide this particular image? As a person who maintains their own spirituality, I find the decidedly pro-Christian theme somewhat offensive.