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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
It is interesting that our own National Endowment for the Arts funded "art" such as a picture of a crucifix in a transparent urn submersed in urine titled "Piss Christ" or "Yo Mama's Last Supper", a 15-foot-tall photograph of a nude African-American woman portraying Jesus surrounded by 12 black men portraying the disciples.


WREG-TV Memphis - FBI looking at Web site showing shooting of Quran: "FBI looking at Web site showing shooting of Quran.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The F-B-I will look into an online video that shows two men shooting a Quran with a military rifle and then leaving the bullet-riddled holy book at a Chattanooga mosque."

posted by Jack Mercer @ 7/11/2006 08:49:00 AM  
  • At 7/11/2006 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    I know you're poking fun, Jack. But there is a big difference here. The artist of "Piss Christ" et al. was expressing his opinion at taxpayer expense, but no one thought public reaction would actually lead to violence. The artist's explanation was about a shared humanity. Shooting the Quran with a military rifle just might lead to violent reaction. Conservative Christians got up in church and spoke about writing your congressmen. (I know. I was there.) But radical Muslims aren't writing many letters last time I checked!

  • At 7/11/2006 09:48:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Also, "Piss Christ" was dispalyed in an art gallery. The Quran was left at the Mosque to make a statement.

  • At 7/11/2006 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Helen!

    The Snipet is going back to its roots--it has been away for some time.

    You're right about the "poking fun" part. :) Of course there can be many things learned from this--just the absurd world we live in.

    Also, concerning Muslims and violent reaction--that is their nature, they have dealt in death for centuries--they don't need an excuse to do violence as they are taught it as children. I have a friend who is a converted Muslim and he has made it his life mission to spread the truth about Islam and its aims and its fascades.

    Of course I would never do what these men did, but do they have a right to express themselves?

  • At 7/11/2006 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    I worked with the imam of the W-S mosque on a project that brought MLKs Massey lectures to W-S. Khalid is a converted Christian and a peaceful man. At the lectures, I also met Erk, who is preoccupied with US response to palestine (sometimes at the expense of Israel). Because I know how different individual Christians can be, I try to keep an open mind.

    It is not the job of the FBI to guard against offensive messages.

  • At 7/12/2006 08:32:00 PM, Blogger chickenhawk said…

    Jack, remember that post I had reacting to the Danish cartoons and how aggravated I was at what had transpired? You had mentioned the "piss Christ" in your response-and for something so controversial, I had never heard of it- and I generally keep up with any current events. I guess my point was that most Muslims are good people, like your friend; regardless though, this censorship of making any allusion to Islam is crazy- it just shows how thin-skinned their radical elements are, compared to our "right-wing Christians," who get so much youknowwhat fron the anti-religion elements in our country.

    I don't all too often agree with those Christians who interpret The Bible most literally, but I know they always mean well and Ive not met any such people who would kill in "defense" of their faith- as compared to those who think killing people will get them laid in their heaven.

    If you take a step back, it seems like religion has become more of a contest of 'who's right' that no one will ever know who the winner really is. What's unfortunate is that this whole ordeal has been brought on by a minority of people of Faith in this world- whose faith is a means of bettering one's self and their loved ones.

    No excuse for shooting up a Quran as much as there isn't for putting a Crucifix in a jar of urine. They are not forms of expression; they are forms of offense. Expression takes thought, being offensive is just an angry reaction.

  • At 7/13/2006 07:39:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi CH!

    One day I will be climbing the mountain to consult with you on the top. You are indeed wise!

    I have a fascination with the book of Revelation in the Bible. This book refers to a religious "whore" (which I am thinking refers to the world's organized religions). A whore takes something that is intended for one purpose and uses it for another. The problem is, that all of the world denominational makeups and religions have prostituted themselves, using their message, power and influence for the wrong thing. We currently see many a Muslim using their religion to justify their bigotry, hatred and violence, but that can be seen in history within many a "christian" denomination also (Catholicism, Reformed -- Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, cults, etc.)

    CH, I am highly individualistic (as you know from my lack of love for intrusive and oppressive government) and have never gone along with mainstream religion. My relationship with God is personal, and not a part of any initiative or system. When religion becomes government, a system or denominational, then it becomes that contest you speak of. The true message of Christ was the offering of the free gift of salvation to any who wanted it--pure and simple. Any religion with any other motive than giving that gift away is a whore.

    Good to hear from you, CH!


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