A display of a lithograph by Enrique Chagoya titled "The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals" had been on display at the Loveland Museum and Gallery and available for viewing by those who wished to visit and view selections of art from various artists and contributors.
On Wednesday 06 Oct 2010, a devout religious believer named Kathleen Folden had, after making the trek from Montana, entered the gallery wearing a t-shirt stating, "My Savior Is Tougher Than Nails", and proceeded to smash the casing with a crowbar, seize the artwork and destroy it. Her excuse was, "Because it desecrates my Lord."
Because of this violent action, no one is able to view this artwork. No one can enjoy its presence and comment or debate about its message. Our culture has lost another thing of beauty due to the actions of an individual poisoned by religious extremism.
Free speech has been violated by Ms. Folden. Because of her extremism and choice to act violently, the right of freedom from religion has been infringed upon. I can not go to Loveland and view this artwork because of someone else's religion. She can say whatever she wants, but to act upon her hate and destroy property is not free speech, it is criminal.
Frosch, Dan. "Provocative Image of Christ Sets Off a Debate Punctuated With a Crowbar.", The New York Times. 10 Oct 2010.
MacMillan, Kyle, "Attacks on art troubling.". The Denver Post. 08 Oct 2010.