Artwork Destroyed By an Act of Religious Violence

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.

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Tags: Free, Speech

Comment by krissthesexyatheist on October 11, 2010 at 2:32pm
I know it's not the point, but you can look up his Stanford prof. page and see a bunch of his work; which a lot of it is about how the church f*cked up brown peeps.
Comment by Jon Heim on October 11, 2010 at 2:52pm
look at the artwork in the Vatican...most of the sculptures have been castrated because they were deemed offensive to religious beliefs.

this doesn't relate directly to you're topic...just a thought though.
Comment by Milo Brandt on October 11, 2010 at 3:10pm
This just makes me sad. I have no problem with protesting something like this on the basis of religion, but the problem with religion is that here it blurred the distinction between being civil, and being reckless.
Comment by Lindsey on October 11, 2010 at 9:26pm
Hardly surprising, considering the christians' long history of destroying art and literature of other religions.
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on October 12, 2010 at 9:20am
If her saviour is tougher than nails, doesn't that mean that he could have destroyed the piece himself, and, it not having been destroyed, that her saviour didn't want it destroyed.

They never think this shit through, do they?


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