Vatican On Line Three!
Georgia10 makes a great point over at Daily Kos:
.What we should remember as this story unfolds is that the tensions between religious sensitivities and free speech is not limited to the borders of Europe and the Muslim world. Within our own borders, we have repeatedly witnessed the protesting of art by religious groups who perceive the works to be blasphemy. Perhaps the starkest example of this occurred in the late 1990s with Chris Ofili’s “The Virgin Mary”. Ofili’s painting depicted the Virgin Mary surrounded by elephant dung. Ofili’s painting was so controversial, the gallery that exhibited it almost lost its funding. More recently, religious groups protested the (now canceled) television show “The Book of Daniel” because of its “anti-Christian bigotry.”, and several local affiliates refused to air the show. In Russia too, the tension between free press and religious sensitivity has come into sharp relief. Last year, a museum director in Russia was convicted and fined for “inciting religious hatred” with their presentations of “Caution! Religion.” (the artist was acquitted. See his art here). The convicted museum directors just filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights.
Oh, I also loved this bit of her post…
Unfortunately, it appears the controversy is growing instead of dying down. Saudi Arabia’s interior minister has called upon the Vatican to intervene and prevent publication of the cartoons.
Is that how they think it works? Editors and writers sitting around waiting for marching orders from the Vatican?