This video from Australia is called John Howard – Australia’s “Greatest” PM?
The Australian conservative, Rupert Murdoch owned Daily Telegraph writes that most of its readers
[Prime Minister] Mr Howard said the pieces were insulting and lacked any artistic merit.
“The choice of such artwork is gratuitously offensive to the religious beliefs of many Australians,” he said.
The ‘burqa’ [called so incorrectly] is certainly not universal Muslim dress, but linked to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. Historically, the Virgin Mary has been most often depicted in European clothes, which have as little to do with Palestine two thousand years ago as Afghan ‘burqas’. Well, I never heard Mr ´art expert´ Howard about any of those, maybe because he has never seen them.
In fact, Howard is also violating the separation of religion and state, implying that the Christian religion should be treated by the government as more worthy of ´protection´ than other religions like Islam.
Last night Queensland lawyer [and artist] Ms [Priscilla] Bracks told The Daily Telegraph her double portrait was not meant to compare Jesus with bin Laden, but was a commentary on the way the terror leader was treated in the media.
She was concerned bin Laden would be unintentionally glorified in years to come. …
Sydney artist Luke Sullivan, who created the Virgin Mary piece entitled The Fourth Secret of Fatima, said his work was not meant to be controversial but provocative.
“It poses the question of what’s the future of religion,” Sullivan said. “They (religions) are hegemonic in their nature. They can be all-encompassing and powerful.”
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