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Friday, June 17, 2011
Ireland:UCC-Blasphemous exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas"
The blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas", by Alma Lopez, will be on display at the University College Cork (Ireland) and is open to the general public.

The digital photo collage 'Our Lady' shows Our Lady of Guadalupe in a floral bikini, hands on hips, held up by a bare breasted angel. Shocking!!!

On June 24th, the university is hosting the blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas" as part of a conference on Hispanic Studies.

At the same conference on Hispanic Studies, Alma Lopez will talk about "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas."
She will also sign copies of her blasphemous book called "Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's 'Irreverent' Apparition," which has that same blasphemous and impure collage of Our Lady of Guadalupe on its cover.
The authorities at UCC must take a stand on this issue. It is time to withdraw permission for the exhibition.
Petition University College Cork to CANCEL this blasphemy now!

Tell the University College Cork (Ireland) how shocked you are by this.
(Source: America Needs Fatima)

More information:

Head of Events, University College Cork

Dara O'Shea

Tel: 011- 353 21 490 3676


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Posted by John Barry at 3:04 PM
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vicki said...
I am shocked and quite sad that there is such a display! It is true Catholic Irleand is gone, but has our repect gone too? Surely, people should know how to respest sacred ojects but especially the mother of the one founded the Christian Church. Historians cant deny that Jasus Christ never existed there is solid prove and he is all over Europe just look in any schools, hospitals etc. And many people would regard OUR LADY as an adopted mother. Now I cant see anyone who would approve of having there legitimate mother displayed in a binki...People who do this should be ashamed by their ignorance and their lack of respect!
June 17, 2011 4:53 PM
John Barry said...
I agree with you wholeheartedly. This is shameful. UCC needs to remember that most of its funding comes from the taxpayers.
June 17, 2011 5:28 PM
ciaran mac aoidh said...
I'm a tax payer and I hold the freedom of expression in higher regard than personal feelings, so it's moot where their money from. Why should your religious rules be applied to me and others who don't share your beliefs. Why should we be forced to respect your repugnant ideals especially as you don't respect the rights of others?
June 18, 2011 12:16 PM
John Barry said...
Catholicism is a soft target. This type of attack on Catholicism is rampant in the US at present. It is a soft target from pseudo- liberals who want to eradicate religion in Western society. These same pseudo-liberals would not dare do it to Islam. They know the consequences of such actions.

You obviously think that it is in order to insult and mock the Mother of God. This is shocking. You have no problem insulting the religious beliefs of the majority in this country. The majority has rights also. This is blasphemy and should not be allowed at UCC. Most of the funding at UCC comes from the hard-pressed taxpayer. It is not intended for this.
In relation to freedom of expression as you terms it: There is no such thing as ABSOLUTE freedom of expression. Read the Prohibition of Incitement To Hatred Act, 1989.
June 18, 2011 1:18 PM
ciaran mac aoidh said...
I think that religion is as fair a target for comment, criticism and mockery as politics or any other human occupation. As a campaigner for secularism I know the incitement laws and the blasphemy law. This exhibition falls under neither. I, of course, do not advocate limitless free speech. Just nearly limitless. I stop only at incitement to violence, fraud and the old "shouting fire in a crowded theatre" line. Like you, I am offended by other people's beliefs and expression of those beliefs. I don't ask for censorship or jail time.

There is something really important in what you said, that I have no problem insulting the religious beliefs of the majority of the country. Majority counts for nothing in a democracy; we all have a voice. If the minority must be silent it is not a democracy. As for insulting religious beliefs; this cannot be done. It may sound like semantics, but people are insulted, not god and not abstract beliefs. As you believe your church's laws and customs come from god, you think you get to raise your sense of indignation way above the levels accepted for things like politics, taste in art and other areas that people argue endlessly over. When an atheist criticises the practices of a faith it must seem near hubristic to a devout believer but it's not. It's just ideas and words. We should not try to dictate to one another what can be discussed and what must not be.

Finally, Catholicism is not just a soft target. It's level of control over education is near absolute, it has run a state within the state here for decades and it hasn't begun to accept the depths of depravity it keeps sinking to. But of course you'll most likely follow the line that it was "individuals within the church..."
June 19, 2011 1:42 AM

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