MORE OFFENSIVE "ART" -- BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN A BURKA AND HOLOGRAPHIC JESUS MORPHS INTO BIN LADEN
It has raised the ire of many Australian leaders including Prime Minister John Howard who described it as "gratuitously offensive".
BUT--Surprise! Muslim leaders are not taking offense to the Blessed Virgin Mary donning a burka.
"...Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said the statue was "not at all offensive", because both the Virgin Mary and Jesus were revered figures in Islam.
"So [Mary wearing a burqa is] no different to how our mothers and sisters are expected to be modest in their dressing," he said.
On the other hand, Mr Patel said he was affronted by the image of bin Laden's face blending into that of Jesus, who is deemed a prophet in Islam.
"You have a revered prophet of Islam being equated to somebody like Osama bin Laden.
"Also in Islam, we don't have any paintings or drawings depicting any of our prophets, so I find it quite offensive."
The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said: "As a person of faith and religious background I think it's important to reflect on the icons of our faiths.
"Unfortunately, some contemporary art is tedious and trivial. These couple of works demonstrate this.
"Regrettably, attempts to insult Jesus and Mary have become common in recent years, even predictable.
"Too often it seems that the only quality which makes something art is the adolescent desire to shock.
"If this is the best the Blake Prize can do, it has probably outlived its usefulness."
The "artist", Ms Priscilla Bracks, got her 15-minutes of fame, and gets to keep her head thanks to the civility of a nation that was built upon Christian principles rather than Sharia law. However, due to her short-sighted self-promotion and the actions of other deconstructionists of Western Civilization her progeny may join the burka-clad of the world.
EXCEPTS TAKEN FROM SMH.COM