Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Bad. Shouldn’t do things like this. Bad. Not Funny.
Ok, maybe a little funny.
I can see the comments now. “Patrick, are you advocating violence and vandalism?”
As a general rule, no.
It is a long drive from Kalispell, Montana to Denver. 690 miles to be exact. That is a lot of time in the car to think about the reason for your trip. If you are going to get in your car to to drive 690 miles, you better have a good reason for your trip. Kathleen Lorie Folden thought she had one.
Kathleen heard of an “art” exhibit in Denver. This piece of ... ummm…“art” depicted Jesus engaged in a homosexual act. Kathleen thought to herself (I am mind paraphrasing here) “Oh no you didn’t. Not on my watch honey.”
So she put on her “tougher than nails” t-shirt and got in her truck. (I love that image) She drove the 690 miles to see the exhibit. She obtained her own art instruments, in this case a crowbar, and entered.
She broke the case with the crowbar and tore it to pieces saying “How can you desecrate my Lord?”
No, I don’t support what she did. This piece of art is not protected speech becuase it is worthy. We protect all speech so that others don’t decide what we have to say is not worthy one day. You know the drill.
That said, there is a sort of frontier justice to what Ms. Folden did. In them olden days if somebody acted up in such a blasphemous fashion, one of the men in the town would put him on his keester.
Folden was charged with criminal mischief, a felony, for her efforts. Her lawyer says she will plead not guilty on the basis that a felony required the destruction of $1,000 worth of property. Her lawyer says “There’s no way the state can prove that this piece was worth over $1,000.”
No, I would say it is worth considerably less.