The New York Times seems to have an inability to recognize the logical inconsistency between their treatment of Christianity where artists are “obliged to challenge the public” (a poop covered Virgin Mary being defined by the Times as “culture”), and Islam where it is important to adhere to a “core principle of respecting all faiths.”
Two Papers in One!
“However offensive the video is, it could never justify the violence in Benghazi and Cairo. But Mr. Jones, Mr. Sadek and whoever made the film did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths.”–editorial, New York Times, Sept. 12, 2012
“To be sure, many citizens of conscience find parts of the Brooklyn exhibition repugnant, and it is understandable that many Roman Catholics would find Chris Ofili’s image of the Virgin Mary [covered with elephant poop] offensive. . . . Yet a Daily News poll shows that the majority of New Yorkers support the museum over Mayor Giuliani by a ratio of two to one. Those numbers show a broad-based support for New York’s role as the nation’s cultural capital. The people understand intuitively what Mr. Giuliani ignores for political gain. A museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time.”–editorial, New York Times, Oct. 2, 1999