Tbh i never understand 'art', i looked at it and thought 'oh there's a few things (didn't realise what they were) stuck on a statue'.
It wasn't till i read the information that i discovered what the fuss is about, my view on it is neutral, i'm not someone that understands old or new art and follow no religion so i purely see it as a statue with it's face cut off (only found out from txt below) and some small tiles (again only from reading) stuck on the face.
The one thing i do see from this though (either the news peice or this thread) is people who make sweeping statemts - All christians are pedophiles / All gamers are murderers etc.
Some of each group 'may' be but thats no reason to accuse the majoritory who are not.
Think of it this way:
If one member of Edugeek were found to be a convicted paedophile, would you be happy with someone saying
"You are forgetting what Edugeek is really about, the power hungry paedophiles who go there"
Remove religion, the "art", the "artist" and all the rest of it, if you were branded a paedophile just because you were in the same organisation as one, would you be happy? If not, then that is why this piece of art is being considered offensive
If the bible came out today I strongly believe it would get a ban due to the horrible content.
For example at Numbers 31:15-18 Mosses pretty much said go kill all the men even the innocent ones, kill every woman thatís not a virgin even the married ones and take all the virgin as slaves to rape and do what you like with.
22:28-29 says itís ok to rape a woman and pay to take her as your wife. The bible is not a present read.
Last edited by Pottsey; 15th December 2011 at 03:38 PM.
Does the Qur'an specifically state that you should fly an aeroplane into a large structure? If (as quoted) the Bible says a man was murdered, does it mean you should go and murder someone? It is that literal interpretation that leads to trouble.
People who want to will interpret the religious books in any way they see fit to affirm the views they have.
You can get quotes out of the bible and interpret them the way you want. But at the end of the day it's a 2000 year old book which has been translated etc how many times.
I mean women in the UK have only been able to vote for less than 100 years!
We are an evolving species, and while we evolve so do our religions.
The Qur'an has some horrific stuff in it, and I think and hope one day they accept women as equals too.
I am no Bible expert either having never read it, but I'd like to think that if I did, despite the fact it describes a murder or prostitution I wouldn't be inclined to go and murder just because it referenced it. If the Bible said "Thou shalt kill anyone you like," then fair enough
And that's getting away from the point anyway. My original point was that I found Bansky's comments offensive - his comments that made a sweeping statement about those that belong to a certain faith. No matter what religion you are, if any at all - it is wrong and offensive to make such a statement. That was my original point.
I assume little ones it boys.
Even the new testament has some pretty bad bits. Wasn’t is Matthew 19:29 where Jesus says abandon home & family to follow him so you can get into haven. Or Matthew 10:24-27 where Jesus say he hasn’t came for peace but to sword and to make family’s hate each other.
Luke 14:26 Jesus says you have to hate your family; children or you cannot be his disciple.
The bible is full of stuff like that as far as I can see. That or I just have a really bad interpreted version.
The old testament ones I read as I was curious one day and flicked though in RE. The new testament ones I was told about by friends who are into religion studies and goggled them to check. But I agree this isn't the place to discuss the bible it always go badly.
I am not really looking for an argument so will step out now. As you say this isn't the place.
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