Did Vision Forum revise (“photochopped,” as opposed to Photoshopped) art history to promote their Patriarchal agenda?
Note from Julie Anne: Cindy Kunsman and I were corresponding by e-mail about her upcoming series which will be hosted here at SSB and she sent me a link to an old post as a side comment. Check out the date of the original post: ** ** Cindy’s article was from almost SIX YEARS ago! This was certainly during the time Phillips was using his position of authority inappropriately with then Lourdes Torres (who recently filed a lawsuit against Doug Phillips). Cindy Kunsman and other bloggers have been exposing Doug Phillips and Patriarchy for quite some time, yet the friends of Doug Phillips who promoted the Christian Patriarchy Movement remained silent and looked the other way. Thanks, Cindy, for sharing your article with us!! ~ja
By Cindy Kunsman, adapted from a post at UnderMuchGrace.com.
My elderly neighbors grew up in the Victorian period and had a house full of old, fascinating treasures. Some of the artwork was just beautiful, and as I grew up, those little pieces of the past became a way of celebrating my elderly loved ones who were no longer with me. I must not have been the only one with this interest, for Victoriana Magazine could be easily found — and I thought it was popular, anyway.
I loved the Pre-Raphaelite style which depicted women as beautiful, strong, and realistic, along with a spiritual quality and a creative liberty that promoted idealism. They loved to paint themes drawn from medieval history and moralistic myths.
When I lived in the Texas Hill Country a decade ago, I displayed framed posters of Edmund Blair Leighton’s two most famed paintings above my limestone fireplace. One was entitled “The Accolade,” and I’m told that it depicted Guinevere knighting Sir Lancelot.
The word accolade derives from a French phrase of vernacular — literally meaning to embrace someone’s neck. It described the ritual of the touching of a sword to the shoulders of someone as they are knighted. Paired with Leighton’s work, God Speed!, both images kept me mindful of the Holy Spirit as our paraclete, the One who comes along side of us as our helper, particularly when we go off into battle, wrestling against principalities and powers in this life.
There is a remarkable reverent quality about both paintings that spoke to me about the power and the holiness of God — and how blessed I was to be a recipient of His unmerited favor. I always thought of the spiritual authority that God bestows upon us, giving us His Name as Believers. We are the children of THE King.
Then one day…
I learned that Vision Forum (VF) products appeared right along side Saxon Math books in the Christian Book Distributors (CBD) catalogue. So I went to their website, just out of curiosity, to see just how many VF books they offered there.
I put Vision Forum into their search engine online and was immediately drawn to the disturbingly wrong but familiar picture in the sidebar.
(I no longer display either print in my home.)
It’s sad because many people have commented to me that it looks as though Arthur’s Queen is either doing something improper to this young Lancelot or is circumcising or castrating him. If you’re familiar with the original painting, consider that she’s holding a sword. How ironic that they so fear women, yet they “created” this image with their revisionist (art) history!
It’s also disturbing imagery because the subjects in the painting look more as though they are the same age, and the book concerns fathers and daughters. So the mental images that this suggests become all the more disturbing.
And all because these men cannot bear the thought of a woman holding more authority than a man? How ridiculous! She was Arthur’s Queen! What does that say about medieval marriage? “Mutual Submission with Delegated Authority and Responsibility?” God Forbid!!!
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Hester at Scarlett Letters has written a commentary about the Vision Forum “product” that featured the photochopped Leighton painting.
She reports that the product notes the source but fails to tell everyone that they substantially altered it.
Only venture there if you think that you can stomach Vision Forum’s brand of Mormon-Flavored Koolaide.