(Tea Party 247) – A student at the University of Southern Maine has created a sick Satanic art display deliberately desecrating the Bible that has Christians expressing outrage.
The “art” piece was created by Riley Harris for a class assignment. The intent, CBN reports, was to “transform a book into something new.”
So this Riley chose The Good Book.
Conservative radio commentator Todd Starnes told CBN News that the art display includes a desecrated Bible and satanic images.
He explains that the piece is called “Unholy Bible: Very Revised Standard Edition.” It reflects the head of Christ covered with a satanic image and includes torn pages from the Bible.
“He actually ripped pages out of the Bible and painted them to look like flames from the lake of fire. Then he took portraits and paintings and Christ and in place of the face of Jesus he placed a satanic image. You can actually see the nativity scene with Mary cradling the Christ child and there is an evil satanic face on the Christ child,” Starnes said.
The self-professing atheist says the purpose of his exhibit is to “question authority.”
“I was thinking a lot about questioning authority in general,” Harris said. “People question different types of authority, but for some reason, religious authority seems too taboo to question, so I thought I would give it a shot.”
I wonder why he didn’t choose to question the authority of Islam? Just a thought.
According to CentralMaine.com, the exhibit is on display in a building on campus utilized by community groups and church members.
“I think it’s very inappropriate and repugnant,” said Casco Bay Church of Christ member Charlie Flynn said. “This is someone’s sacred text being desecrated destroyed and displayed in a public place.”
Unsurprisingly, the university supports the student and affirms that Harris is not violating any rules.
“The university supports freedom of speech rights for all students, affirmed and upheld by Board of Trustee System Policy 212,” the school said in a statement.
The policy reads, “The Board of Trustees is committed to protecting the rights all University community members share to free speech, which includes free expression and assembly.”
Flynn says this art piece has nothing to do with freedom of speech.
“If I saw a Koran with pig blood on it I would certainly call someone or a Torah with unclean foods on it,” he said. “This is a Bible with Satan’s image put over Jesus’ image and around Christmastime.”
Harris said he’s only “making people think.”
Really? As if no one has ever questioned Christianity before. What would be daring would be the pig’s blood on a Koran, that would make people think about the faux rebellion it takes to criticize Christians in a nation where doing so is practically mainstream while daring to question Islam is one of the most heinous of hate crimes.
This is exactly what Starnes points out:
“Here in the United States of America, only Christians and Jews are allowed to be attacked for their religious beliefs. It is highly improbable that you would see a university like the University of Southern Maine approve of a desecrated Koran or allow a student to take pictures of the prophet Mohammed and place a satanic image on those kinds of things.”
“I don’t think the university would be hollering about free speech and freedom of expression if that were the case,” he says.