Filipino artist faces criminal charge for blasphemous exhibit
August 11, 2011
A Filipino artist faces criminal charges after a blasphemous exhibit of his work was closed down by popular outrage.
Christian groups in the Philippines lodged formal charges against the artist, Mideo Cruz, under the provisions of a law that forbids public displays that "offend any race or religion." The exhibit by Cruz was closed down at the urging of many leading figures, including President Benigno Aquino, who said that the show was offensive to all Christians.
If convicted of the crime, Cruz could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
- Artist to face criminal charges (UCAN)
- Filipino art director resigns over offensive exhibit; Christian groups plan suit (CWN, 8/10)
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Posted by: wsw33410 -
Aug. 12, 2011 10:24 AM ET USA
@rpp - - disagree, it is not wrong at all - ignoring it would be wrong. The Philippines law forbids public displays that "offend any race or religion." Similar law is in place in many other countries ... unfortunately, is not being enforced. Try to offend our Jewish or Muslim brothers and sisters and an outrage will be worldwide, justified by all media and approved by "political correctness"; only the Catholics are "close-minded".
Posted by: rpp -
Aug. 11, 2011 5:55 PM ET USA
This is a mistake. This is EXACTLY what they want. They want faithful Christians to look like narrow-minded bigots persecuting "simple and hard-working" so-called "artists".