"Your sensitivity doesn’t veto my right to exhibit a crucifix immersed in urine"

Big mouth heroes turn zero’s:

Does anyone in particular have the right to depict a hijab in an artwork?

Where are all the Leftists now who once screamed for the right of galleries to show a crucifix in urine?

Now the bigots are stripping pictures from galleries. Where is Marr now? (Andrew Bolt)

Even the ABC seems slightly uneasy about the offence game and the restriction of free speech by an intolerant minority:

Does anyone in particular have the right to depict a hijab in an artwork?

Should there be artistic limits to whether you explore religious or cultural items in your work?

Our story this week about artists using the Muslim headdress as imagery in their work has caused quite a stir. The story centred on a Melbourne gallery that pulled the work of a photographer which featured young women with their hair arranged in the style of a hijab.

Those shouldn’t actually be questions in a healthy society. They should be assertions of right.

But where are all the Leftists now who once screamed for the right of galleries to show a crucifix in urine?

(David) Marr in The Sydney Morning Herald, April 1, 2009:


WHEN Australians are offended they want something done about it. Just being offended is not enough. We want action. We want someone, somewhere, somehow to suffer because we’re upset.
But in a free and energetic society, giving offence is necessary. It happens and must happen all the time. Your sensitivity doesn’t veto my right to speak or write or make a film or, indeed, exhibit a crucifix immersed in urine.

All I know about Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ makes me think it’s too ridiculous to be worth visiting the National Gallery of Victoria where it was, briefly, exhibited a few years ago. But the fact George Pell, then archbishop of Melbourne, and a good many of his followers found this object offensive, was no reason to take it down . . .But too often—indeed all the time—Australians call on governments to protect them merely from ideas they find offensive, images they find distasteful and facts they find disturbing.