Tuesday, March 31, 2015

American extremists eroding freedom in the name of freedom

By Erik Eckholm

When the federal government adopted a religious protection act in 1993, same-sex marriage was not on the horizon. An informal coalition of liberals and conservatives endorsed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it seemed to protect members of vulnerable religious minorities from punishment for the exercise of their beliefs. The federal legislation was set off by a case involving Native Americans who were fired and denied unemployment benefits because they took part in ceremonies with peyote, an illegal drug. Twenty states, including Indiana last week, have since passed their own versions of religious freedom laws. [link]

Monday, March 30, 2015

Your next Sunday dinner, face off with Kehinde Wiley

By Scott Indrisek
Artware’s new Kehinde Wiley porcelain plates
So you’ve made plans to invite your five closest friends over for a home-cooked meal, an opportunity to discuss the most pressing artistic matters of the day.... But really imagine this hypothetical scenario — and how much better it would be if the whole time you were actually eating your Chilean sea bass (and side of perfectly steamed asparagus) using Artware’s new Kehinde Wiley porcelain plates! At a mere $525 for the set, you get six — three men, three women — each cropped in such a way that you’re eating your meal off of someone’s face, which is always a confusing and exciting experience. Bon appetit! [link]

Sunday, March 29, 2015


By Gregory Disney-Britton
We've read the bill. We've listened to the rhetoric, and the clear loser in this week's debate over Indiana's "religious freedom" bill, is Christian unity. We however found solace in Hugo Simberg’s "The Wounded Angel." Painted in 1903, the artist never explained the meaning but left that up to the individual viewer. In it today, we see the two poles in a Christian-centered debate over religious freedom: one is sullen, and the other is angry. Both, however, march forward, upholding the symbol of their faith, and that makes "The Wounded Angel" (above) our NEWS OF WEEK.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

All the places you'll go? Only Springfield, Illinois has a Dr. Suess museum

By Christie Chu
A rendering of the design for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum's "City Zoo Interactive Display." Photo: courtesy of Boston Globe/ Springfield Museums.
ILLINOIS---The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first museum dedicated to a literary figure's life work, will open its doors in June 2016. It will be an interactive and bilingual experience, focusing on literacy and reading activities for people of all ages. The museum will operate under the Springfield Museums' umbrella, an institution that oversees four other museums, according to the Boston Globe, which had the story. Situated in the author's own hometown, the museum's estimated cost is $3.5 million. [link]

Friday, March 27, 2015

Religious bronze statue to travel from Italy to San Juan basilica

By Emily Sides
A 10-foot bronze statue of the Virgin Mary sits completed in the Italian foundry where it was created. The statue will find a permanent home in a redesigned entrance at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle - National Shrine in San Juan. courtesy photo
TEXAS---The nearly one-mile walk around the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine grounds has 30 bronze statues showing a dozen scenes of Jesus Christ and the cross, known as the Stations of the Cross. That five-year art project was completed in 1993. Italian woodcrafter Edmund Rabanser created the life-sized statutes first in wood before they were cast in bronze. [link]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Indiana governor signs 'religious freedom' bill in private ceremony

By Tony Cook
"I signed SEA 101 today to ensure religious liberty is fully protected under IN law" Courtesy of Gov. Pence's Twitter page
INDIANA---The nation's latest legislative battle over religious freedom and gay rights came to a close Thursday when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law. His action followed two days of intense pressure from opponents — including technology company executives and convention organizers — who fear the measure could allow discrimination, particularly against gays and lesbians. Pence and leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly called those concerns a "misunderstanding." [link]

Artifact destruction by ISIL is act of ‘heritage terror’

Courtesy ibtimes.co.uk
IRAN---Whether they’re authentic or not, videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts at Iraq’s Mosul Museum and elsewhere are “propaganda videos” meant as “heritage terror,” an Islamic art professor told RT. The videos show men with sledgehammers knocking over statues, smashing antiquities and torching ancient writing. But there are questions being raised about the authenticity of the videos, when it’s known that the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) needs money to keep operating its terror campaign – and antiquities could fetch large sums of money on the black market. [link]