Wednesday, 1 February 2006

Learning to love Piss Christ, Islamic edition

Pieter Dorsman reasons by analogy between Andres Serrano’s infamous “Piss Christ” and the recent controversy over the caricatures of Muhammad that appeared in a Danish newspaper and are now spreading across Europe’s media outlets.


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One major difference: “Piss Christ” had government funding. He would have been free to urinate on as many crucifixes as he wanted on his own nickel. The primary objection, from a policy standpoint, was that it had government funding.

[Permalink] 2. brian j. phillips wrote @ Thu, 2 Feb 2006, 3:20 pm CST:

The cartoons have now been reprinted in newspapers in about a dozen European countries. This fact lends credence to the “clash of civilizations” argument – freedom of speech is not just a Danish thing, and other European newspapers want to let it be known.


My thoughts were the same as Robert’s. I’m a Christian, but I’ve never thought we ought to censor any commercial ventures that bash Christianity or any other religion.

Besides the “Piss Christ” analogy, I’m wondering if half as many liberals will criticize the Islamic reaction to these cartoons as accused Rudy Giuliani of crypto-fascism for disapproving of a Virgin Mary likeness created from dung.

I won’t hold my breath as I wait.

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