Now that I’ve got your attention, can. you. imagine. the reaction if that headline were accurate? Nuns running AIDS hospices in Africa would become targets. Fatwas and strongly worded condemnations would stream from every corner. Hearings would be had. Greta would be on the tube 24/7 trying to get to the bottom of it. Mr. Smithson would be Olbermann’s Worst Person Ever, posthumously.
Of course, that didn’t happen. The Smithsonian never even considered allowing such a provocative image to be displayed. It would be wrong, and worse: dangerous.
But they did allow a video that shows the body of Jesus Christ hanging on a cross being eaten by ants.
It’s been removed, rightly, because of an uproar; no word yet about the “Christian World” erupting and killing Muslim missionary nuns or burning cars in the Vatican or tracking down the “artist” and slaughtering him like an animal.
What we do have instead is a woman on trial in Vienna for teaching a seminar class about Islam in which she shares what she learned from a life lived largely in Islamic countries and her own careful study of the original Islamic texts.
We also have a federal judge telling the 70% of Oklahomans who voted for an amendment to their state constitution that, contra their stated will, it is permissible for a state judge to consider shariah law when ruling on cases. (For those who don’t know, shariah law isn’t a personal moral code; it is a code of civil law based entirely upon and intrinsically connected to Islamic religious tenets and the will of Allah–i.e., it isn’t civil law in any secular sense, it is theocracy, it cannot be separated from such.)
I’ll bet the ants-on-Jesus artist was only disappointed that the crucifix-in-jar-of-urine was already done; the anatomically correct, 100% pure solid chocolate, life-sized crucifix was already made; and the naked-lady-as-Christ was already tried. (No, I’m not going to link to them. Bing them if you’re so inclined.) So hard to be original in your sacrilege these days!
But hey, if you’re going to denigrate someone’s central religious figure, at least make sure it’s the group who won’t force you to go into hiding out of fear for your life.