Monday, May 23, 2016

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...and doesn't issue fatwas.

Tax-Funded Art Museum in Virginia to Exhibit Painting Mocking Catholic Mass

A non-profit art museum in Virginia Beach that receives federal, state and local taxpayer funding is opening a new exhibit this weekend that includes a controversial painting by Los Angeles artist Mark Rydenmocking the Catholic Mass.
The painting, entitled “Rosie’s Tea Party” (which can be seen here on the museum's website), features the image of a little girl in a white dress with a crucifix around her neck slicing a ham labeled “Corpus Christi” – the Latin term for “Body of Christ.” The painting also depicts a rabbit pouring blood out of a tea pot into a tea cup with the Latin words “Sanguis Christi” (“Blood of Christ”) written on the saucer.
 “The offensive nature of this painting is clear on several levels,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute, a group “dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church”.
“It mocks the Sacrament of Holy Communion, it mocks the Catholic belief in transubstantiation, and in fact, it mocks the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,” he said, calling the painting “outright blasphemy”.
The painting is part of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA)Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose exhibit honoring the San-Francisco-based arts magazine, which opens on Sunday and runs through December. It will feature “51 of some of the foremost contemporary artists of this decade,” according to a MOCA press release.
But Ben Loyola, a commissioner on the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, which provides local taxpayer funding to MOCA, said that the painting was “anti-Catholic” and asked: “Is this the sort of thing we want to be subsidizing?”
“This is very anti-Christian and anti-Catholic. I was shocked to see this,” Loyolatold WAVY-Channel 10 after previewing the exhibit. “Look at this, she’s got a saw in her hand cutting off a piece of ham with the words on the ham ‘Corpus Christi.’ That is Latin for body of Christ, and the hand is dropping down and eaten by rats.”

1 comment:

Jason Rennie said...

The real problem is that they receive tax money to so this. That is what we should be hanging politicians for doing with tax money. If they want to fund blasphemy out of their own pocket then so be it, but to do it on the tax payers dime is unconscionable. It also does damage to the legitimacy of the government.

Given the real danger of a preference cascade (against the left) as they keep pushing for further and further lunacy i'm surprised these guys would so cavalierly take tax dollars. When the shift happens and people are looking for targets to burn, who do they think wont regard them as an easy and obvious target?

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