PISS CHRIST VS CARTOON JIHAD
By Rocco DiPippo
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 6, 2006
Back in 1988, Andres Serrano submerged a crucifix in a vat of his urine, photographed the result and
called it “art.”
Naturally, many of the world\'s two billion Christians were bothered by his antics. Members of the U.S.
Congress called for a hard look at the National Endowment for the Arts, which had helped fund Serrano.
Public outcry against Serrano was vocal and widespread.
As the uproar grew, numerous editorials in defense of Piss Christ, Serrano\'s controversial creation, were
printed in U.S. and European newspapers and the Western cultural elite quickly sprang to his defense.
For months, the New York Times beat the “freedom of expression” drum for all its worth, publishing
numerous articles and opinion pieces sympathetic to Serrano and depicting him as courageous. In New
York City, where Serrano lived, 400 New York artists held a public rally in support of his work and his
right to create and display it. Serrano became a celebrated art world hero.
Though some criticisms of Piss Christ, and the man who created it, were intemperate, Serrano\'s art
was never forced underground, nor was his life seriously threatened, nor was he forced into hiding a la
Salman Rushdie or placed in protective custody. Violence-prone packs of Christians did not roam the
streets of Paris, or London, or Frankfurt, or Madrid, or New York calling for the head of Piss Christ\'s creator.
Serrano as “art star,” soon faded like the controversy caused by his tasteless creation. Today, as in the
1980s, he freely and openly produces provocative, blasphemous and often pornographic art including
that which reflects the cultural elite\'s unending obsessions with, and deification of, homosexuality, transgenderism, and bodily mutilation. He never has, nor will he likely ever, push the outer limit of
controversial artistic expression by creating work critical of, or disrespectful towards Islam.
Contrast the Christian reaction to Serrano\'s openly blasphemous Piss Christ, with that of the Muslim
reaction to a series of cartoons recently published in the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper.
Late last year, the Jyllands-Posten decided to test the limits of free speech by publishing a series of
cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed. Politicized and radicalized Muslims have reacted to their
publication by calling for the deaths of the cartoonists, by beating up shopkeepers who sell Danish
products and by holding vocal, and often violent, demonstrations.
Members of the terrorist Islamist “Glory Brigades” now threaten Denmark with homicide bombing. The
murderous savages comprising Palestinian Islamic Jihad marched on the UN headquarters in Gaza,
Palestinian thugs took over Gaza\'s European Union office to protest the cartoons and demand their
removal and Danish flags and shops selling Danish products are being boycotted and burned all over the
Arab and Muslim world. Even Libya got in on the act, closing its embassy in Copenhagen to protest the
Danish government\'s refusal to force Jillyand-Posten to remove the cartoons.
Christianity is routinely mocked and vilified in most counties where Islam is the dominant religion.
Countless thousands of Christians have, in recent years, paid the ultimate price for practicing their faith
among Muslims, including three young Indonesian girls butchered by Muslim psychopaths as they
walked to Christian school. Hate-filled anti-Semitic cartoons pepper the pages of Arab and Muslim
newspapers. Programs meant to incite hatred of Judaism and violence against Jews are regularly
featured on Arab Muslim television networks. And yet, politicized Muslims, who rarely, if ever,
categorically condemn the barbarous acts of their co-religionists and often cheer those same acts, behave
as if they desire to see “infidel” blood spilled over a series of provocative drawings. Is their religion not
strong enough to withstand the cartoon assault on it?
The response to all this, from the appeasement-prone Western cultural elite, has been a predictable,
Theo van Gogh-like silence. The response from the American main-stream media, a virtual news blackout.
In spite of the glaring lack of support by, ironically, those in America ideally positioned to suffer from
any restrictions on free expression, Denmark and its government refuse to cave in and apologize to the
Muslim cultural police, even as the leftwing government of Denmark\'s pathologically “tolerant”
neighbor, Norway, stumbles down the path of dhimmitude by doing exactly what Denmark will not.
How can one support the Danes in their critical fight for freedom of expression? Easily: Contact the
major American media outlets and ask them to publicly get behind the Danes. Urge them to defend the
Jillyand-Posten\'s right to free expression as vigorously as they once defended the same rights of
A list of some MsM contact points and e-mail links follows:
Arthur Sulzberger, NY Times
Washington Post and Newsweek
NBC Nightly News
National Public Radio
Another thing you can do to show solidarity with Denmark is to purchase Danish products. Go to the
History News Network for a listing of some outlets where you can buy fine Danish goods.
Most importantly, directly send the Jillyand-Posten a letter of support by clicking here.
Tell those who work there that you stand with them, and with all of Denmark, against anti-free speech
Muslim radicals, whose ultimate goal is to dictate what the world sees, hears, and believes.