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Filipino artists see 'fascism' in attempt to close offensive exhibit

Catholic World News - August 05, 2011

A group of artists in the Philippines has issued a statement denouncing Church leaders for suggesting that a blasphemous exhibit might violate the law.

The effort to shut down the exhibit--which features images of Christ and the Virgin Mary in various degrading contexts--"smacks of religious fascism," charged the Concerned Artists of the Philippines. The group said that Christians are free to criticize the exhibit, but must not "resort to intimidation and defamation."

The confrontation in the Philippines is a reprisal of a pattern that has now become familiar and tiresome, in which artists deliberately set out to shock and offend Christians, and then profess shock and offense when they draw the expected reaction.

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