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Christian fundamentalists in France destroy "Piss Christ" artwork
DPA (via Monsters & Critics) ^ | 4/18/2011

Posted on 04/18/2011 8:27:59 AM PDT by markomalley

Paris - A group of Christian fundamentalists armed with hammers and screwdrivers destroyed two artworks in an exhibition in the southern French city of Avignon at the weekend, one of which depicted a crucifix immersed in urine, French media reported Monday.

The attack on the photographs of US artist Andres Serrano, which were being shown as part the I Believe in Miracles exhibition of contemporary art followed calls by the local Catholic archbishop for the 'Piss Christ' photograph to be taken down.

The photograph, taken by Serrano in 1987, shows a plastic crucifix wallowing in a glass of the artist's urine. The Christ figure appears to glow in the image, which caused a scandal when it was first exhibited in 1989 and which has since toured the world.

Civitas, a lobby group which says it aims to 're-Christianize France,' called the piece 'sacrilege vis-a-vis God and Catholics' and launched a petition for it to be removed from the exhibition at the residence housing the Yvon Lambert collection.

On Saturday a group of around 500 people shouting Christian slogans demonstrated outside the building, Liberation reported.

The following day four youths wearing sunglasses entered the building and surrounded two security guards stationed in front of the artwork, while others began hacking at it and another of Serrano's photographs, showing a nun meditating.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand denounced the incident as an 'attack on the freedom of creation.'

While 'recognizing that the (Piss Christ) artwork could shock certain audiences,' Mitterand said 'any act of violence, destruction and intolerance is unacceptable.'

The attack is not the first involving the artwork. A copy of Piss Christ was vandalized at the National Gallery of Victoria in the Australian city of Melbourne in 1997, during a Serrano retrospective.

The Melbourne gallery later cancelled the show.

Eric Mezil, the director of the Lambert collection, said he would leave the shattered artworks hanging so that the public could 'appreciate the barbarity committed by extremists.'


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To: andy58-in-nh
So, what the culturati do is to deny the status of "artist" to anyone who refuses to pimp for the Progressive Goddess or otherwise make their work serve political ends.

It is supposedly against the law for American governments to fund or even freely accept art like this:

Instead, our taxes are used to pay for "Piss Christ" and works resembling this:

I am offended that the "art" I helped pay for was destroyed! /s

51 posted on 04/18/2011 11:20:43 AM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: mas cerveza por favor
LOL. Perhaps we ought to demand a tax credit to offset our "loss".

It is sad, though. Timeless art that celebrates humanity or our Divine spark is no longer recognized as such by the sort of mind that conceived this:

Not only is it derivative of Chagall, Picasso and Dali, it is a (a-hem) "piss-poor" quality rip-off, at that.

52 posted on 04/18/2011 11:33:15 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: markomalley

They were Catholics. I guess the word “fundamentalist” is considered a smear therefore placed as a preface. The AP/CBS/Reuters were vicious liars in their attack but must of the EU newspapers were reasonable and HONEST.


53 posted on 04/18/2011 11:46:50 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: shalom aleichem

Great—The French are showing us what to do. This should have happened in the USA. Nice to see that a few Christians are left in France. I am sick of bending over for Mooslems —They are less than 2% of the American people, but demand so much. I do admire the fact they don’t let people mock their faith! They believe in their cockeyed religion and will go violent if anyone does something seen as a put down. Christians should do the same.


54 posted on 04/18/2011 12:00:42 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: CASchack
So they’ve taken a page out of the Muzzie playbook, eh? I’m sure they weren’t expecting passive Christians to do something like this.

Actually, a Muslim country would have sentenced the artist to death for blasphemy, then "accidentally" let an incensed mob get to him and rend him limb from limb.

55 posted on 04/18/2011 12:26:22 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: markomalley

Excellent!!! It should have been destroyed the day it was put up.


56 posted on 04/18/2011 1:38:05 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: markomalley

So, do you call for the destruction of everything that offends you? Your faith must be very weak if a low-rent work of “art” threatens you.


57 posted on 04/18/2011 1:50:13 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: markomalley; MarkBsnr; NYer; Salvation; WPaCon; papertyger; Mad Dawg

Vive la France!


58 posted on 04/20/2011 6:26:18 AM PDT by Cronos (Christian, redneck, rube and proud of it!)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

With due respect, I see it as extreme disrespect. How would you like it if someone put the flag in a jar of his urine? Or something that you respect put in urine? It’s just meant to shock and to insult Christianity. It’s not even a comedy or a joke like a South Park episode, but this was meant to insult.


59 posted on 04/20/2011 6:28:55 AM PDT by Cronos (Christian, redneck, rube and proud of it!)
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To: markomalley; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Good news ping! Soldiers of Christ are beginning to wake up in France.

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60 posted on 04/20/2011 1:15:24 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! BRING IT ON!

61 posted on 04/20/2011 1:42:40 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: markomalley

Good on them... of course the press will call the heathens.. as they close their eyes to the beheading of Islam


62 posted on 04/20/2011 1:44:57 PM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Will you give it a rest already.


63 posted on 04/20/2011 1:47:45 PM PDT by Lorica
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To: RnMomof7
Good on them

Yes, of course. Why don't we burn some books we find offensive while we're at it.
64 posted on 04/20/2011 1:49:20 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

Ya know I do not much like blasphemy so I will not cry false tears because an “art work” that places my Savior in some man pee.. As for burning the Koran..ask the Army why it burned a case of Bibles.. and amazing no one put a death threat on them ...


65 posted on 04/20/2011 1:52:47 PM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive

Moral standards are not only important, but vital to the survival of human civilization. Only in the last couple of generations have obscenity and pornography become legitimate “expressions”.

For around 200 years of our country, such disgusting offensive filth would never have seen the light of day. Only because of the ACLU and a leftist SCOTUS can such filth be shown legitimately. And of course, this being in France, the same godless, hedonist and atheist agendas have made similar inroads there, to force obscenity and pornography on the public and desensitize the culture.


66 posted on 04/20/2011 1:59:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: sportutegrl; livius

As someone up above said, “performance art”. They could smear chocolate on their faces first, or wear pink hats, or something.


67 posted on 04/20/2011 3:08:26 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: markomalley; John Semmens

I had to make sure this wasn’t one of John’s “Semi-Satire” pieces!


68 posted on 04/20/2011 3:47:11 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: markomalley

Godspeed my fellow Christians.


69 posted on 04/20/2011 5:28:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: markomalley

It’s not artwork.

They done good.


70 posted on 04/20/2011 6:06:03 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: CASchack
So they’ve taken a page out of the Muzzie playbook, eh? I’m sure they weren’t expecting passive Christians to do something like this.

Maybe they took a page out of the Bible.


71 posted on 04/20/2011 6:14:47 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
This French article on Fundamentalism specifically mentions:

Aux États-Unis ou au Canada, le mot n'a pas exactement la même connotation qu'en France.

[In United States or in Canada, the word does not have exactly the same connotation as in France]

Fondamentalisme

They describe fondamentalisme as a general attitude of absolute certainty, especially in religion, then lists Protestant, Catholic, Islamic and Hindui varieties. For all but Protestant they have a specific to the religion term. Catholic fundamentalism is designated intégrisme, and if you follow the link, describes what we in the Anglosphere would call Catholic Traditionalism.

72 posted on 04/20/2011 6:15:48 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: markomalley

Good. Do it some more. Christians worldwide could learn something from these people.


73 posted on 04/21/2011 11:50:09 AM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see fascism elected at home.)
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