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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 21, 2007

News item: An MIT undergraduate walks into Boston's Logan airport, wearing a device made to look like a homemade bomb She says it's art. Police are not impressed; she's facing criminal charges. The officer in charge, unimpressed, replies: "She's lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue."

News item: The Catholic bishop of Ibiza, Spain, has forcefully protested an exhibition that features images of the late Pope John Paul II and other religious figures engaging in unnatural acts. The exhibitors say it's art. Unlike the police in Boston, authorities in Ibiza decline to intervene.

You and I could agree that the student in Boston wanted to make people think she had a bomb, and the exhibitors in Ibiza wanted to outrage Catholics. But in one case political leaders accept the transparent excuse, and another they don't. Why?

Because modern Western democracies are serious about airport security.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 8:22 PM ET USA

    This and "Embryos as art..."? There is still Human sacrafice, the Black Mass and other unspeakable things... I know a bit about Demonology...but does everybody need to know...? Peter began to sink when he got his eyes off of Jesus... I guess you gentlemen are just testing us... JP

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 4:19 PM ET USA

    What's the point? What's the connection? That modern Western democracies don't care about desecrating Catholic symbols? We've known that for a long time ...

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 4:08 PM ET USA

    A few years ago, a film entitled "The Life of Brian" was shown on the BBC showing Jesus in a very blasphemous way. The archbishop of Canterbury protested to no avail. When the imam from the largest mosque in London protested as Jesus is considered a prophet in Islam, two sedans of BBC execs went to the mosque to state it would never be shown on the BBC again. Why? Because muslims will kill you, whereas Christians will plead with YOU to forgive THEM.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 3:43 PM ET USA

    Nice catch, Di.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2007 3:01 PM ET USA

    Bingo. Right on, once again.

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