Today I worked more on the background of the John Alexander & Thomas Roberts print. I began by adding another two overprintings of red from the same block I worked with yesterday, then I started working with a new block:
The words carved into this block are words that I found online. They are taken from letters and emails that were sent to the Episcopal Church Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 when Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest, was elected bishop. Here is the block flipped so that you can read the words:
Gay people don't have a monopoly on being bullied. There's a lot of awareness of bullying in schools right now. The Phoebe Prince suicide, which is currently all over the news, actually took place about 10 miles from where I live. Bullying in the public sphere is rampant, with news analysts dissing each other from one network to another and politicians demonizing their opponents. A person can be bullied for practically anything -- being fat, being thin, being smart, being dumb.
But the righteous indignation and vitriol that gay people endure has a particular flavor, as it's often accompanied by references to religion, especially Christianity. Both historically and in present-day America, it is the church that has most loudly condemned homosexuality. And it was the church that officiated over the trial and punishment of John Alexander and Thomas Roberts.
Here's the result of today's printing session: