Art, Vilification and Offence, Again
It is a sad fact of life that the secular left will often use “art” to cover a multitude of sins. So-called artistic expression is often simply a cloak to ride roughshod over the religious, moral and cultural sensitivities of many. In the name of “freedom of expression” and so on, many artists are simply seeking to bash the deeply held beliefs and convictions of others with impunity.
We have had countless examples of this over the years, and there seems to be a never ending stream of artists who line up seeking to be more outrageous, offensive, controversial and shocking than the last guy. And we have seen that the primary target of these oh-so cool and trendy artists is of course Christianity.
Thus there has been one outrage after another levelled at those who take their faith in Christ seriously. So we have had plenty of ugly attacks on Christianity in the name of art, with the infamous “Piss Christ” being just one example of this. I discuss that episode here: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/04/20/shock-art-and-anti-christian-bigotry-again/
These guys actually go out of their way to offend Christians and conservatives. Indeed, they consider it their duty to do so. Yet this offence is all one way traffic. These secular lefties will not allow the other side any leeway here. No, they must just sit down and shut up, and never do anything which offends.
Thus all their talk of tolerance is just so much rhetoric and hot air. If our side shows a picture of an unborn baby, they take great offence, and want it shut down. The same if our side says that marriage is between a man and a woman, or if we try to pray in public, or if we dare to question their radical agendas.
In these areas and thousands more, the secular left easily takes offence, demands that we apologise, and insists that we never say or do such things again. Yet they can go on their merry way, bashing conservatives and Christians on a regular basis, all the while being as sacrilegious and blasphemous as possible.
Consider the most recent example of this. The headline from the Guardian says it all: “Ellen DeGeneres as Jesus in the ‘Lesbian Last Supper’.” The article begins: “West Hollywood artist Bronwyn Lundberg has a new piece she has just unveiled and it comes with much controversy but Lundberg is not surprised by the criticisms nor the praises she has received for her work of art….
“In the ‘Lesbian Last Supper,’ Lundberg replaced Jesus with Ellen DeGeneres and Judas with ‘The L Word’ character ‘Shane McCutcheon.’ Other lesbians depicted in the art piece are Wanda Sykes, Portia De Rossi, Rosie O’ Donnell and Rachael Maddow.”
And to make matters worse, the female journalist covering this story moves immediately from reporting to editorialising: “When it comes to art their [sic] is no right or wrong but an artists’ vision for the world to see. Not everyone will enjoy or like it, but that is the society we live in: We live in a diverse society with differing tastes and cultures. Some aren’t so accepting, but artists can’t let what one group says keep them from creating, or else the world will be without art.”
No right and wrong huh? So if someone for example paints a picture of this artist being attacked and raped by angry protestors, that is just fine is it? The artist will not take offence or show some concern, or say “That is not right”? Somehow I just don’t think so.
And spare us this “diversity” baloney. One will notice immediately that this is Jesus Christ and Christianity being attacked in such an ugly fashion here. No, Ellen DeGeneres did not die a horrible death on the cross for my sins. And funny that this “brave” artist was happy to attack Jesus, but not someone like Muhammad.
Let’s see how really bold and courageous this woman is to do a similar attack on Islam. But I won’t hold my breath on this. These controversialists know that Christianity is always an easy target to attack – Christians will not be flying airplanes into art galleries in response.
So put this down to yet more anti-Christian bigotry masquerading as art. Everywhere in our PC world the elites are demanding that we be tolerant, inoffensive and accepting of everyone else – all except Christians that is. It is open season on Christianity, and you won’t hear a peep out of the MSM or the lefty elites condemning such ugly vilification as this.
Indeed, they will applaud it, mutter nonsense about “artistic expression,” and ramble on about what a brave and daring artist she is. The utter hypocrisy and double standards we find here is simply mind-boggling. But it is not surprising really.
The secular left has declared war on all things Christian decades ago, and this is just the most recent example of this. But while we can and should raise our voices in protest over such outrageous filth, we will pray for this artist instead of seeking to blow up her and her work.
But I still await that painting about Muhammad.
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