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Jakarta Post

Whose supper is it anyway?

  • Elizabeth Chandra

Tokyo   /   Wed, February 13 2008   /  11:15 am

Soeharto is gone, but the long-time tyrant continues to bring about discontent in Indonesia. The cover of the Feb. 4-10 issue of Tempo magazine depicted the recently deceased Soeharto and his children in the manner of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, and naturally provoked plenty of gripes from Christian organizations. Indeed, the analogy between Soeharto and Jesus set off a few alarms. An email with an attached document regarding Tempo magazine circulated on my high school alumni mailing list. But being suspicious of email attachments, I only learned of the furor later through the Feb. 6 front page and editorial of Komentar. The Manado-based newspaper editorial described Tempo's cover as "certainly offensive," as "Christians consider the image of he Last Supper to be sacred." In other words, Tempo not only had come uninvited to the holy communion reserved for Christians...