Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm Not Even Going To Pretend To Be Shocked

From the WTF department.

Art Show Encourages People to Deface the Bible, Write Obscenities

A publicly funded exhibition is encouraging people to deface the Bible in the name of art — and visitors have responded with abuse and obscenity.

The show includes a video of a woman ripping pages from the Bible and stuffing them into her bra, knickers and mouth.

The open Bible is a central part of 'Made in God’s Image,' an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. By the book is a container of pens and a notice saying: “If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.”

The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was proposed by the Metropolitan Community Church, which said that the idea was to reclaim the Bible as a sacred text. But to the horror of many Christians, including the community church, visitors have daubed its pages with comments such as “This is all sexist pish, so disregard it all.” A contributor wrote on the first page of Genesis: “I am Bi, Female & Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”

The Church of Scotland expressed concern, the Roman Catholic Church called the exhibit infantile, and a Christian lawyers’ group said that the exhibition was symptomatic of a broken and lawless society.

The exhibition has been created by the artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone, in association with organizations representing gay Christians and Muslims. Mr Schrag, the gallery’s artist in residence, said that he did not believe in God, but that his research for the show had underlined his respect for people of faith.

The community church, which celebrates “racial, cultural, linguistic, sexual, gender and theological diversity,” had suggested the “interactive” Bible and pens and Mr Schrag, 34, said he had been intrigued.
(all emphasis mine)

I have nothing to add to this except this nonsense is getting way past old.



Bill said...

And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; [they are] whisperers,
Rom 1:30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, ] Rom Rom 1:32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Z said...

what in the world........this is the most disturbing thing I've read in a while...and that's REALLY going some.
Man, Chuck; what kind of PEOPLE......??

Chuck said...

Bill, thanks for stopping by. Well put, nothing to add

Z, I thought the ultimate irony is part of the sponsorship was from groups connected to Islam. Maybe an exhibit on the Koran next?

Greywolfe said...

I'm with you Chuck, can't add a thing to what bill quoted. God saw it all didn't he?

shoprat said...

These people are in for a horrible surprise.

Randy said...

Chuck, your comment is right, what if this had been the Koran? Muslims would be coming down on these people in a holy war.

But whether it's the Bible, the Koran, the Torah or even just a grade school primer, how can this be called "art"? There is no art involved, just hatred of God.

Chuck said...

Greywolf, agreed

Shoprat, the jokes on them, huh?

Randy, I agree fully. And just to be clear, I do not advocate defacing the Koran.

I believe Islam is, at it's core, a scary religion. With this said, we cannot bitch about defaming Christianity and advocate debasing another.

My point was that one of the groups sponsoring this had ties to Islam. There would be no tolerance for doing this with the Koran. In fact, there would be deadly riots.

As far as it being art, I agree. It is wraping hatred in the mantel of art and it needs to stop.

cube said...

I'd bet my last dollar that these morons wouldn't try this with a Koran. They know it is safe to defame Christians and the Bible.

Chuck said...

Cube, agreed. Attacking Christianity is tolerated.