Beyoncé’s Provocative Instagram Photo Draws Christian Group’s Ire

(ABC News) – Beyoncé’s attention-grabbing photo of her posing in front of a painting of The Last Supper by Andy Warhol has caused some shock on social media, including a conservative Christian group’s condemnation of the image.

The American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., has blasted the Instagram photo, according to the  Washington Post.

The singer took the photo on the counter of Miami Beach’s Jugofresh juice bar in front of the Warhol mural, complete with camouflage.

The picture was “an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ … [that] had to be done intentionally,” AFA President Tim Wildmon told the Christian Post.

The singer did not post a caption to the photo.

Beyoncé, 32, has often talked about her religious upbringing and the church in which she grew up performing, St. John’s United Methodist Church, according to the  Houston Chronicle.

“The Church is the best training,” Beyoncé said in a VH1 interview about what she learned from singing in her church choir.

This isn’t the first controversy to come Beyoncé’s way since the release of her history-making surprise album on iTunes last month. Her latest single “XO” drew criticism last week for sampling audio from thespace shuttle Challenger disaster.

Some critics say the artist’s new album is too sexy for her younger fans. Mediawatch UK, a group that “campaigns for socially responsible media,” has accused Beyoncé, a self-described feminist, of jumping on the bandwagon of overly sexual pop stars by releasing explicit content, according to the Daily Mail.

The performer recently opened up about exploring more provocative lyrics and images on her new “visual album.”

“I always feel like it’s always been my responsibility to be aware of kids and their parents and all these generations,” she said in a video about the release.

“I felt like it stifled me. I felt like, in a sense, that I could not express everything. I’ve done so many things in my life and my career that at this point I feel I’ve earned the right to be me and express any and every side of myself.”

Take a look at the photo sparking the controversy from Beyoncé’s Instagram page:

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