Sunday, September 23, 2012

Will Christians Also Riot and Kill Because of 'Art' Display?

This is where the rubber meets the road isn't it? Would not this be a defining moment for Obama to quell all the doubts Americans have about him being a Christian? Would not this also be a chance for Obama to actually display his honesty when he says we should all respect the religious convictions of people, whether or not we personally agree with their beliefs, and hold everyone to this standard including himself, or will his hypocrisy show itself?

The anti Muslim film, "Innocence of Muslims", was the catalyst, according to the Obama administration, that led to rioting and the death of an American ambassador by Muslims. The administration went out of their way to apologize to the Islamic world for the the way an American exercising his free speech, produced a film that in their words was disgusting, insulting, and disrespectful of the people of Islam. As a matter of fact, the producer of the film was brought in for questioning by the sheriff's department concerning his film. Whether he had the right under free speech to produce this film is not in question, but whether or not his exercising his right in this manner was the correct thing to do, and that leaves a lot to be desired.

Now, an old wound has resurfaced in the art world. In 1987, artist Andre Serrano, produced an artwork called "Piss Christ" which resulted in strong condemnation from Christians all over the world. Now, this so-called artwork is back in the news as it will be displayed at the privately owned Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery in Manhattan on Thursday.

Is Obama going to apologize to Christians in advance of the exhibition as he did for the Muslims before "Innocence of Muslims" was shown? Will he condemn this display that most Christians find blasphemous and insulting as well as disrespectful to their faith? Will this administration allow Serrano to be picked up for questioning also? Surely Obama will practice what he preaches about respecting other peoples faiths and speak out against this artwork, since after all, he himself is a Christian as he says.

More importantly, we should ask ourselves how many riots and deaths of innocent victims the public display of this artwork will cause in the Christian world? Is this administration not worried of the chaos that will ensue as Christians all over the world march to the streets in protests as thousands chant, "Death to Serrano!!" ? I'm sure many more Christians will be able to procure RPG's and automatic weapons than did the Muslims since many Christians live in a more free society than most Muslims in the middle eastern part of the world, and such weapons are more easily had in the west. Will the re-exhibiting of the "Piss Christ" be the powder keg that will ignite the Christian world into a conflagration of disastrous proportions?

No, it will not. As a matter of fact, I predict that other than a few strong, vocal protests from various Christian groups and threats to bring this case to court(again), very little will be seen or heard from the Christian world. As shown by pro-life Christians at abortion clinics, this "artwork" will be protested against mostly by prayer and the quiet suffering of the faithful at this abomination. Though there may be a few individuals who call themselves Christians inciting violence, the majority of Christians know that violence is not our way to resolve this issue. Prayer is. The tens of thousands of Muslim protesters that marched to the streets in violent protest will not be replicated by the Christian world over this exhibition.

Obama will not apologize. He will not speak out for Christians and ask the world to respect our faith and dignity. It will not even be a blip on his radar though he calls himself a Christian. The respect that this administration and the mainstream media shows to the Islamic faith is fueled by a combination of cowardice and political expediency. In this world where political correctness reigns, all is equal unless it is Christianity: Cowardice for fear of what Islamic extremists will do (death and destruction) and the scoring of political points with his leftist base while dissing Christians. This last was demonstrated by the HHS mandate.

True faithful Christians will do what they do best and that is to pray for Serrano and those of his ilk and to forgive him of this blasphemy. That is the way of Christ. This way also leads to suffering for our faith, which again, we will show the world how we do this with the dignity of a true Christian.

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