There’s been a bit of commotion going on in the town of Loveland, Colorado lately: an art exhibition at the Loveland Museum/Gallery included a controversial art piece titled, “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” by artist and Stanford Professor Enrique Chagoya. The piece, which consists of 12 comic-book like panels that incorporate religious imagery, is concluded with a panel that shows a Christ-ish figure enjoying a bout of oral sex. This last image has sparked a wave of indignation amongst so-called Christians that it insults their religion.
Well, one of them took it upon herself to end the controversy (via the Loveland Reporter-Herald):
A woman wielding a crowbar smashed a display case Wednesday at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, ripped out a piece of artwork that has been the center of growing controversy and shredded it into small pieces, witnesses said.
Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., was arrested shortly after the 4 p.m. incident and charged with felony criminal mischief.
I hardly need to explain where I stand on this, do I? Folden is an awful, disturbed person whose religious views are on par with the Taliban’s. (Remember when they shelled Buddhist statues? I do.)
It is a source of constant amazement to me how so-called Christians think that violent acts are a natural response to a non-violent “provocation”. It is also amazing to me how poorly they have learned from their Lord and savior:
Folden was wearing a T-shirt printed with the Christian slogan, “My Savior Is Tougher Than Nails.”
Let me speak directly to Folden for a moment: If you’d actually read the New Testament, Folden, you’d know that even when nailed to a cross, Christ is said to have forgiven his persecutors. He didn’t fight back or act out when ridiculed, tortured, and murdered. However, you think he can’t handle somebody drawing a naughty picture of him? Have you ever heard the phrase, “turn the other cheek”?
Kathleen Folden, I’m no longer really a Christian, but I have to say that you’re a piss-poor example of one.
Unfortunately for you, there’s a thing called the “internet” now, where images are preserved and can be seen by any and all who care to do so. Your attempt at artistic censorship, though violent and inhumane, will only make people more interested in seeing Chagoya’s work.
With that in mind, I present “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” in sarcastic honor of Folden’s stupid achievement:
If I find a better resolution image of it on the internet, I will post that, as well. To Hell with you, Folden — literally.