Wednesday, October 6, 2010
God Denigrated by "Artist's" Obscene Public Museum Exhibit
Enrique Chagoya has defended his work and claims to be surprised by the public's protestations of his work. “My intentions are not to offend anybody,” Chagoya told the Associated Press. “The main intention of my work is to express my personal concerns about religious institutions, not about the actual religious beliefs, which I respect.”
"It is the Catholic Church as an institution, not Jesus Christ, that 'Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals' is aimed at."
“The whole idea of the work is to express my personal anxieties about the church and religious institutions. It’s not about faith and belief. Personally, I respect those beliefs. I was raised a Catholic. I believe that Christ is about love, and about sharing," Chagoya said.
While I believe that Chagoya has a right to create whatever he deems to be "art", the public has a right to be outraged that the museum exhibiting his vile piece is supported by tax-payer dollars. If Chagoya, who is evidently a very well renowned artist, wishes to portray his works, he should look to privately funded museums. Certainly just because somebody has a right to do something does not mean that they don't have a societal responsibility to temper what it is they do. I think offending a vast majority of American Christians with his despicable exhibit is such a case.
One wonders how much public outrage would have been trumpeted by our politically correct media, and deservedly so, if Mr. Chagoya chose to do such a piece using Mohammad instead of Christ as his focal point. Even if the person depicted in the sex act was someone anonymous, such a piece still should not be exhibited in a family-friendly, publicly-funded museum. The fact that God is denigrated in this "work of art" raises that outrage by many orders of magnitude. Ghagoya knew better from the beginning and should be properly ashamed accordingly.
See the lastest update to this story here.