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Post #220 • February 23, 2004, 6:48 AM • 9 Comments
While we're in the neighborhood: Painting removed after outraging Holocaust survivors.
A Norwegian art gallery removed a painting Friday from its exhibition "Anti-Semite in the Name of God," saying it had infuriated Jews, including a Holocaust survivor. The painting, by Norwegian artist Chris Reddy, includes the text "Israel" and "USA," with each "s" replaced by a swastika. ...
In Norway, Israeli Ambassador Liora Herzl sent a letter to the gallery, saying Reddy's painting was unacceptable because it linked Israel and the United States to Nazism.
Norwegian news agency NTB said Reddy was furious at the decision to remove his artwork. "It is questionable that Ambassador Liora Herzl has taken the fascists' tool, censorship, into use," he was quoted as saying.
Here's that censorship thing again. Herzl, being an ambassador, does not enact law upon the people of Norway. Her capacity is to express the sympathies of her constituents. So listen up, Reddy: Herzl's condemnation of your painting isn't fascism. It isn't censorship. It's protected speech, the same thing that allows pathetic specimens like yourself to make facile insults about the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, and the nation that bailed you out when real Nazis had your country bent over a barrel. And if I were to tell you where you can stick your fury, that would be protected speech as well. Aren't human rights wonderful? If it weren't for the USA, yours would be far from assured, and if it weren't for Israel, neither would anyone else's in the Middle East.