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How about Jesus as Osama bin Laden?

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Submitted by Sidda (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 14:19

If you go to the National Black Fine Art Show in New York City, you will find an exhibit of the upside-down face of Jesus Christ drawn in the likeness of Osama bin Laden. Along the border of the picture are the words "mujahadin, McCarthyism and Amadou Diallo."

I find this offensive, but have no plans to threaten the artist with death or fire bomb the art show. I highly doubt, either, if the artist is in hiding with fear for his life as the cartoonists in Denmark are. And can ANY of us forget the crucifix in the jar of urine which passed as art a few years back?

Anyone has the right to feel offended and to voice that sentiment. What a civilized society cannot tolerate is the intimidation of film makers, artists, writers by threatened violence. And these people do not just threaten; they make good on their threats. Does Theo Van Gough ring a bell with you?
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