That Was Fast: Smithsonian Removes Offensive Depiction Of Christ After Republicans Threaten To Cut Funding

Is there any reason on God’s green earth why taxpayers should be on the hook for that?^

Incoming Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor didn’t think so either:

House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) is telling the Smithsonian Institution to pull an exhibit that features images of an ant-covered Jesus or else face tough scrutiny when the new Republican majority takes control of the House in January. House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R.-Va.), meanwhile, is calling on the Smithsonian to pull the exhibit and warning the federally funded institution that it will face serious questions when Congress considers the next budget.

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“American families have a right to expect better from recipients of taxpayer funds in a tough economy,” Boehner’s Spokesman Kevin Smith told CNSNews.com. “While the amount of money involved may be small, it’s symbolic of the arrogance Washington routinely applies to thousands of spending decisions involving Americans’ hard-earned money at a time when one in every 10 Americans is out of work and our children’s future is being threatened by debt.

“Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake and correct it, or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January when the new majority in the House moves to end the job-killing spending spree in Washington,” Smith said.

When asked to clarify what exactly Boehner meant by calling on the Smithsonian to “correct” their mistake with the exhibit, Smith responded in an email that Boehner wanted the exhibit “cancelled.”

Cantor, meanwhile, said the exhibit should be “pulled.”

“This is an outrageous use of tax payer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season,” said Cantor. “When a museum receives taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to expect that the museum will uphold common standards of decency. The museum should pull the exhibit and be prepared for serious questions come budget time.”

In just the time it took for me to find the image, I saw an update at Fox News that  the offending video was already being pulled. Money talks:

In a statement released on Tuesday, Martin Sullivan, director of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, said a video depicting Jesus on a crucifix covered in ants will be removed from an exhibit at the museum.

“I regret that some reports about the exhibit have created an impression that the video is intentionally sacrilegious,” the statement read. “In fact, the artists’s intention was to depict the suffering of an AIDS victim. It was not the museum’s intention to offend. We are removing the video today. The museum’s statement at the exhibition’s entrance, ‘This exhibition contains mature themes,’ will remain in place.”

Yes, I’m glad it wasn’t anyone’s intention to offend. Really, the first thing I think of when I see an image of Jesus on the cross, covered with ants, is AIDS.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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16 Responses to “That Was Fast: Smithsonian Removes Offensive Depiction Of Christ After Republicans Threaten To Cut Funding”

  1. Not Even A Good Lie — Laura Curtis Says:

    [...] offend people.  The Smithsonian’s response was to pull that item out of the exhibit and tell an embarrassingly weak lie: “I regret that some reports about the exhibit have created an impression that the video is [...]

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  2. ZZMike Says:

    I don’t have to ask if they’d even consider an exhibit critical of Islam or Mohammed. Or even mentioning them.

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  3. watcher Says:

    GOOD. These parasites maybe will wake up and realize that we Christians will not tolerate this type of offensive and insensitive “art” against our God any longer.
    They mock Jesus and Christianity because they are too cowardly and gutless in the face of Islam or any other religion.

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  4. Bohemian Says:

    MCCARTHYISM in 3…2…1

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  5. nicedeb Says:

    Huh? You’re no conservative if you equate cutting funding of a taxpayer subsidized institution that displays offensive “art” with McCarthyism.

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  6. Matt Says:

    I won’t excuse or respect anything these asshats do until they do Mohammad the same way. After all, they say it’s free speech and it shouldn’t be limited, so let them go after the Muslims.

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  7. nicedeb Says:

    But of course they would never do that. They view Muslims as aggrieved minorities who should be treated with kid gloves. (plus some of them can be a little scary, sometimes -shhh!)

    To them, Christians are racist oppressors who should be mocked at every opportunity.

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  8. JaneLovesJesus Says:

    that ‘thing’ is so ugly and vulgar I cannot even look at it. No sane mind could possibly have produced such ‘art.’

    “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. . .”
    ~~ Jeremiah 8:12

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  9. Bohemian Says:

    I wasn’t calling it McCarthyism; I was starting the countdown(3…2..1) until the folks on the left started screeching “McCarthyism.”

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  10. Nick in Gettysburg Says:

    The exhibit this was part of was not funded by tax payer money. Our money goes toward the upkeep and facilities of the Smithsonian Institution. Exhibits such as this one are often funded by private donations as well as being underwritten by private corporations. While I will not comment on the video itself, I feel that the common misconception that tax payers are the ones footing the bill for their exhibits must be addressed.

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  11. nicedeb Says:

    Oh! I see, Bohemian. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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    Whatever, Nick. The point remains that taxpayer money shouldn’t go toward funding an institution that displays art that is offensive to most people.

    Yes, it’s true that there’s always going to be someone whose insulted by something – you can’t cut funding every time a few squeaky wheels are offended by something, (esp when their “offense” is politically calculated). But some “artists” go out of their way to be offensive to Christians. It’s always very obvious when it happens, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund institutions that allow it.

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  12. JaneLovesJesus Says:

    yeah, I think the private/public $ argument is worthless. Money is fungible; if they want to use their private money to go out of their way to be grossly offensive then let ‘em figure out how to pay their own water bill without govt money.

    Likewise the sham of how tax $$ doesn’t go to abortions — it goes to Planned Parenthood, though, just not the killing babies part?? huh?

    I get the argument. I judge it as bogus.

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  13. Kenny Cole Says:

    You people think that the artist who created that video just wants to offend Catholics…why don’t you stop feeling so persecuted and look beyond the surface and try to understand the complete story behind it. If it was up to you our museums would be filled with Hummel figurines! Broaden your vistas!

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  14. nicedeb Says:

    The articles I read noted the story behind the video, and I have no interest in “broadening my vista” to accommodate some nutjob’s demented vision. Sorry.

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  15. geoff Says:

    If it was up to you our museums would be filled with Hummel figurines!

    Well, those and the dogs-playing-poker pictures. Those are totally classic.

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  16. ZZMike Says:

    “… try to understand the complete story behind it.”

    OK, I’m listening.

    On the other hand, these so-called “artists” make stuff like that because they can’t draw, or paint, or make sculpture, or sing, or dance, or play an instrument, or write, or ….

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