Way to keep your eyes on the prize, guys.

When New York artist Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in 1987 under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion.

Controversy has followed the work ever since, but reached an unprecedented peak on Palm Sunday when it was attacked with hammers and destroyed after an “anti-blasphemy” campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon.

Instapundit’s take on this suggests it’s a result of tolerance toward Muslim outrages against whatever they consider blasphemy (which, as we know, includes basically everything). And maybe that’s the case.

I certainly can’t get too upset over the destruction of this piece of “art,” which has long since ceased to be anything other than another eye-rolling punchline in the rich recent history of acts and items whose only claim to fame is the sheer daring and audacity to attack a religion which steadfastly refuses to counterattack in any meaningful way. (See also this.)

No, what pisses me off is the knowledge that of all the REAL examples of violence directed at those few who have the courage to speak out against the well-documented brutality of radical islam, stories like THIS are what the media will seize on in making their pathetic case that Christianity is no better.

8 Comments!

  1. logdogsmith
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 7:37 am |

    I think you got this wrong, Apo. They were not destroying, they were re-creating art.

    Anyone who thinks such art is wrong is just a backward thinking conformist who probably still thinks the world is flat.

  2. Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:20 am |

    ^ ^ Guess I figger the world is flat then.

    Apo, the difference is quite simply shown:

    The Christians ” it was attacked with hammers”

    The Muslims “He was attacked with hammers”

  3. mojo
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:30 am |

    No, it’s bad no matter who does it.

  4. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    I tend to go with Instapundit and Wollf.

    They wrote the rules, so let’s see them live by those rules. (And isn’t that just deliciously Alinskyite, when you think about it?)

    And I’ve seen no evidence yet that Serrano has had his throat slit by a rampaging Lutheran, so simply damaging a mere thing is pretty weak beer as religious extremism goes.

  5. apotheosis
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    Hey, I agree there’s a huge difference. What I’m saying is, I’m pissed that the media will GLOSS OVER that difference and call them the same damn thing.

  6. Claire: dirty, dirty wingnut
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm |

    Someone got rid of a container of rancid piss?

    That’s not even ‘performance art’ — it’s sanitation engineering.

  7. DougM
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

    The Left uses many hackneyed scripts and tactics in attempting suppress opposition, two of which are in evidence here:
    argumentum ad hominem
    • He did it, too.

    Unsurprisingly, neither address the issue. They are not actual argument, but an attempt to circumvent actual argument; because the Left’s positions are almost never supportable by reason. Unfortunately, most in the media these days seem to think that this is legitimate.

  8. Snuffy Smith
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm |

    The Muslims represent the fourth horseman, the pale green rider. The Greek word for pale is the same as for green, and green is the color of Islam.