Lindsay Lohan's imitation of Christ

And Lindsay Lohan becomes the latest celebrity to fray Christian sensibilities with a crucifixion pose.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has demanded that Lohan apologize for her appearance on the cover of the French fashion magazine Purple with arms outstretched and a crown of thorns around her head.

In a statement, Donohue called the pose inappropriate and the timing, on the eve of Lent, offensive. (He also squeezes in a shot at Tiger Woods.)


"Lohan, an ex-Catholic who is spiritually homeless, recently said, 'I'm all about Karma … what goes around comes around.' If she believes that, then it behooves her to apologize to Christians before it's too late.

"Looks like Tiger Woods is not the only celebrity who would benefit by converting to Christianity these days. Forgiveness occupies a central place in Christianity, but the predicate to forgiveness is repentance."


Taking exception is American Atheists President Ed Buckner, who said Donohue is "no civil libertarian and no fashionista."

"Actors, film makers and writers have a long history of being attacked by the churches, and this is just another example," Buckner said in a statement. "Ms. Lohan is in good company – many pop stars have been the target of the Catholic League's indignation, including Madonna and Britney Spears. What Donohue seems to forget is that no one is being forced to buy albums or magazines, and that in America, churches do not dictate the content of popular culture."

Adds American Atheists Vice president Dave Silverman:

"If someone chooses to express themselves, no matter what the reason or position they take, that is a private matter and it is up to them. It is certainly not up to religious organizations to regulate or censor such a basic American right as Freedom of Expression, and we really wish they'd stop trying. Ms. Lohan can wear whatever she likes, wherever she likes, and owes nobody an apology."