Woman Uses Crowbar to Destroy “Art”

“Violence is the opposite of what Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha taught. I am amazed that some of the followers don’t adhere to the teachings. Agree to disagree and love thy neighbor,” is a quote from the article below. It’s amazing how people, whether they believe in God or not, will agree that God is loving and forgiving.  At the same time they are appalled at the fact that the followers of Jesus are human and have human emotions. Subsequently, when Christians react to blasphemy or perversion in its worst form – as is the case below – they are instantly judged as not following God’s teachings.


H/T: Fox News here

A Montana woman has been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly taking a crowbar to a controversial art museum display in Colorado that critics say portrays Jesus Christ receiving oral sex from another man.

Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., was arrested Wednesday and accused of damaging the the 12-panel lithograph, “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals.”

The piece, on display since Sept. 11 at the tax-funded Loveland Museum Gallery in Loveland, Colo., includes several images of Jesus, including one in which he appears to be receiving oral sex from a man as the word “orgasm” appears beside Jesus’ head.

It has triggered protests and even calls to police by critics asking for an investigation into whether it violates a Colorado law that protects children from obscenity, the Loveland Reporter Herald reported. The city attorney determined it did not.

Witnesses told the Reporter-Herald that Folden entered the Loveland Museum Gallery, used a crowbar to break glass over the art and ripped the print.Mark Michaels, an area art dealer, told Denver’s KUSA-TV that he tried to stop her adding that the woman screamed: “How can you desecrate my Lord?”

Police spokesman Andy Hiller said the work by Stanford University professor Enrique Chagoya has a tear in the panel with the depiction of Christ. The piece is part of an 82-print exhibit by 10 artists who have worked with Colorado printer Bud Shark.

Chagoya says he’s sad that his book and the First Amendment were attacked.

“Should we as artists, or any free-thinking people, have to be subjected to fear of violent attacks for expressing our sincere concerns? I made a collage with a comic book and an illustration of a religious icon to express the corruption of something precious and spiritual,” Chagoya told FoxNews.com. “There is no nudity, or genitals, or explicit sexual contact shown in the image. There is a dressed woman, a religious icon’s head, a man showing his tongue, and a skull of a Pope in the upper right corner of the controversial page. I did not make a picture of Christ. I used symbols as one would use words in a sentence to critique corruption of the sacred by religious institutions.”

Those institutions, he says, need to be criticized when they get corrupted and people have every right to dislike his criticism, just as he has a right to express it.

“Violence is the opposite of what Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha taught. I am amazed that some of the followers don’t adhere to the teachings. Agree to disagree and love thy neighbor,” he said.

Police said the incident was the first disturbance since protesters began gathering this week outside the city-owned museum about 50 miles north of Denver. About 100 people packed the Loveland City Council meeting Tuesday night to support and oppose removing Chagoya’s work.

The council decided to leave the art in place.

Chagoya says he hopes people realize that “only totalitarian societies are ruled by extreme rules.”

“Do we want to live as if under Stalin or Hitler who censored not only the arts but all levels of thinking?,” he said. “This is America, but I don’t take my rights for granted. I know they can easily be taken away by hate and extremism. Lets exchange ideas not insults, or labels. We all want this world to be a better place to live in, not a place where we live in fear of angry disagreements that will take us nowhere.”

FoxNews.com’s Diane Macedo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


7 thoughts on “Woman Uses Crowbar to Destroy “Art”

  1. All the comments are very good, but I will admit that I don’t have a problem with this. How many saints smashed idols or broke pieces off of them? Who overturned the money changers’ table? Perhaps a crow bar seems violent to people in cities but I always have one. They are very handy tools in Montana and Wyoming for working on cars and ice and houses. She had to break the glass, well plexiglass – she could have used her tire iron, but it is poor form to use a tire iron to break things. As Fr. Merick noted, she never attacked the “artist” physically or verbally. All she did was ask, “How can you desecrate my Lord?” No name calling, no threats. This is not violence. She was taking action, it appears out of love for God. Perhaps we should do the same. Or rather perhaps some day we will be called upon to do the same. There is a difference between nonviolence and standing by with cowardice. True – she bashed someone’s property and there is a price to pay.

    Here is a link. Go take a look if you want:
    Look at the level of expertise as well as this very un-unique and over used “message.” My alma mater was never known as a art school, but this is ridicules.

    As mentioned in these comments, no such display for Mohammad would have been presented. How about a blaspheming sarcasm of Judaism? B’nai B’rith/ADL would have jumped all over that and there would be hell to pay. What about an attack against the modern American institutions of homosexuality, abortion, etc. The arteest would be in jail for hate speech and bullying. The location for this is also interesting since in that area of the country a nice Charlie Russell is a very good present, and art typically consists of well painted Western scenes. Yes, well painted.

    Marion Yapuncich, currently in Alaska. born in Casper, WY, raised, taught school in Billings, MT, Lodge Grass (Crow Indian Reservation), Harlowton (sheep country), and Ashland (North Cheyenne Reservation). I do not know this family but I am looking for a link where I can send some money for the legal bills.

    P.S. My sister in Bozeman feels that same way. Perhaps it has something to do with Montana.

  2. I don’t want to opine, I just want to glorify Jesus, who is, was, and will be forever the King of Glory. If the arrest, the mock trial, the betrayal by His own people, the sentence of condemnation, the beatings and mockery by the soldiers, the nailing of His body to the wood of the cross, the further mockery at the place of the skull, His humble dying, and the piercing of His side with the lance, if these are not obscene enough, what further obscenity can be offered to the Lord of All in these modern, childish pranks that are called ‘art’. All they do is further demonstrate the utter fallenness and folly of the human condition, that man can salute his Maker and Savior with such filth. Pray, pray for the forgiveness of all, for as the fathers teach, ‘we are all deceived.’ And even more, let’s place our hopes for ourselves in Christ’s dying prayer, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ The way of Christ, that which Christianity is, cannot be compared with any other ‘religion’ as to doctrines, practices, promises, or threats: they are all vain, they are folly, they stay their followers in their endless courses, while we who follow the Master and do what we see Him doing, are already safe with Christ, in the paradise opened by His undefiled body, enthroned on high, enthroned on the Cross, the Tree of Life.

  3. This is not about corruption in the institutional Church, it is about one man’s loathing for people of faith. This conceited & ignorant tactic poses as a necessary moral imperative against corruption in the Church, but like collateral bombing it completely ignores the faithful who are innocent of corruption & devastates them as well, & without any balance to the contrary the ignorant pretend that its art & are struck dumb at the possibility of seeing it for what it is as well as for what it is not & having no part of it.

  4. At least the woman went after the “art”, not the “artist.” If the work had been about Mohammed, the resulting fatwah would have told people plant the crowbar firmly in the artist’s skull.

  5. “Violence is the opposite of what Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha taught.

    I probably should not be, but I am nonetheless astonished at the level of ignorance about Mohammad that exists. He most certainly did advocate violence. Those who put up sacrilegious displays that mock Christianity are generally malicious bigots and cowards, who of course would never dare to make similar “fun” of Islam.

    That said, I do not condone this lady’s actions, though I do sympathize with her motives.

  6. From handmaid leah Blog:

    Ask, and it shall be given…

    Those who have stood in these places of the spirit may ask in dismay, ‘Where are we to look for a criterion by which to distinguish genuine communion with God from delusion?’ Blessed Staretz Silouan explicitly asserted that we have such a criterion – love for enemies. He said, ‘The Lord is meek and humble, and loves His creature. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is humble love for enemies and prayer for the whole world. And if you do not have this love, ask and the Lord Who said, “Ask, and it shall be given you”(Mt. 7:7) will give it to you.’
    ~Saint Silouan of Mount Athos

  7. Can’t wait to see if this gallery will start putting up paintings of Mohammed in likewise obscene depictions? I suspect not.

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