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The Greatest Thing Evar

Rusty - April 26, 2011

Many of you are familiar with “One Nation Under God” though you might be surprised to know that it is not satire. Well, after a good run at the BYU Bookstore it was pulled…I mean censored. Or whatever. He claims they pulled it because it was too conservative. Which is basically the foundation of all awesomeness. What’s built on that foundation? Read teh comments!

26 Comments »

  1. Awesome indeed! The comments were worth reading.

    Comment by Niklas — April 26, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  2. From my training as a historian, I find that the painting itself, the bookstore’s decision to sell it, the store’s decision to take it down, the painters version of why it happened, and the various responses to the artists blog all raise more questions than there are answers. Let me focus on five that intrigue me..

    1. What would have been the reaction if the bookstore sold the “Viva Chavez, Viva la Causa” poster or a Betty Friedan one? Do we have examples of “liberal art” being censored?

    2. This picture is a favorite of the David Barton school of “A Chistian Nation.” Are Barton and his ilk finding a foothold in Mormon culture? Does the artist buy into it?

    3. A recent study proposed that conservatives have a more active fear center in their brain? How would the artist’s post and conservative responders fit into that theory?

    4. What were the bookstore’s explanation for what happened? You need at a minimum of two sides to an issue to make your judgements. I still remember reading an American version of the War with Mexico and a Mexican one of the same time period (1880;s), The difference was unbelievable.

    5. I s there an overlap of the “Christian Nation” proponents in the Church with the White Horse prophecy ones?

    Comment by Stan Beale — April 27, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  3. Never heard of it till now but this is all quite entertaining. Both the comments over there and the reactions around the internets I’ve seen.

    If only he were a better painter. Not a fan of a yellow robed Christ and those faces just look silly!

    Comment by Bret — April 27, 2011 @ 1:10 am

  4. I have never found that painting very evocative one way or the other.

    I tend to dislike heavy-handed use of symbolism in paintings anyways. It’s like taking a handful of letters and throwing them at the canvas. I believe symbols should be used sparingly, simply, and subtly.

    Comment by SilverRain — April 27, 2011 @ 6:51 am

  5. A PR stunt that would make Warhol proud!

    Comment by Kyle M — April 27, 2011 @ 6:53 am

  6. A few of my favorites:

    “When the LDS church organizations start denying the Constitution in any way, then it is most assuredly a sign of the times.”

    “Satan infiltrates everywhere…even a Conservative school like BYU. We are definitely in the Last Days!”

    Our fellow travelers. How wonderfully insane.

    Comment by CJ Douglass — April 27, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  7. So glad you are linking to this–I found his blog post and the comments VERY entertaining.

    I wonder why any store would have to justify what they display to one of their vendors? Free market, man.

    Also–the end-times comments are classic. I can only hope these people decide not to send their kids to BYU, making it more hospitable for my kids.

    Comment by ESO — April 27, 2011 @ 8:00 am

  8. The painting is awful and I’d probably start laughing if I saw it hanging in someone’s house.

    I’m sure the problem was BYU isn’t conservative enough to appreciate his painting. Sheesh.

    Comment by jjohnsen — April 27, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  9. SilverRain,
    The awesome thing about that painting is that there is no symbolism whatsoever. It’s completely and totally literal. There is no implied anything, he just says it!

    Comment by Rusty — April 27, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  10. Eso,

    I wonder why any store would have to justify what they display to one of their vendors? Free market, man.

    exactly.

    Jeremy,

    Let’s hope you never find yourself in the house of someone that would hang that monstrosity in it. Lest you find yourself laughing in their face.

    Comment by mfranti — April 27, 2011 @ 11:39 am

  11. Now that BYU is a hotbed of liberalism, I might consider sending my kids there.

    Comment by CJ Douglass — April 27, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  12. Jesus is from Gondor? But it is good to see that Harriett Tubman and U.S. Grant are making it into heaven, along with JFK! And Teddy Roosevelt is there (which should be enough for Glenn Beck to blow a cork) but no FDR?

    And as #7 up there said, if this keeps more crazy right-wing people from sending their kids to BYU, all the better.

    Comment by Grant — April 27, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  13. And as #7 up there said, if this keeps more crazy right-wing people from sending their kids to BYU, all the better.

    But where will they go?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2sWSVRrmo

    Comment by mfranti — April 27, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  14. The funniest part of this to me is how badly BYU bungled the whole thing. Apparently, they initially displayed and sold the painting, then took it down, along with all the other artist’s work, then said they were just “relabeling” it and put it alll back up after there was a news story on it. Then later, they took this picture back down, apparently without much explanation.

    Conclusion: The BYU Bookstore Director is an idiot.

    The fact that this picture was ever sold in the first place shows incredibly bad judgment. It’s obviously nothing but political propaganda and no one should have touched it with a ten foot pole, but of course BYU is too stupid to see that until someone beats them over the head. Anything with Christ in it must be awesome, right?

    Someone should paint a picture of Christ hugging Mitt Romney, just to see if they fall for it again.

    Comment by MCQ — April 27, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  15. Someone should paint a picture of Christ hugging Mitt Romney, just to see if they fall for it again.

    Oooh, how about hugging Mitt while casually turning away from Harry Reid?

    Comment by jjohnsen — April 27, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  16. how about hugging Mitt and Mike Lee while casually turning away from Harry Reid and Bob Bennett?

    Comment by Last Lemming — April 27, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  17. That is probably too subtle for this market. You would need an accompanying explanation, probably several paragraphs long using only single syllable words. It is difficult to move one’s lips while reading big words if the mouth is already being used to breathe.

    Comment by Mark Brown — April 27, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  18. Maybe I’m just a dorky lawyer, but I love that of all the evil things in the world, special mention needs to be made about a court case that grants federal courts jurisdiction over state courts on federal matters. Jesus must surely be horrified!

    Comment by Jacob S — April 27, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  19. Mark Brown, ftw.

    Comment by mfranti — April 27, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  20. how about hugging Mitt and Mike Lee while casually turning away from Harry Reid and Bob Bennett?

    Never have I wanted the ability to paint more than at this moment.

    Comment by jjohnsen — April 27, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  21. If evolution is a sign of liberalism, then how does he paint without opposable thumbs?

    Comment by Scw — April 27, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  22. I wonder what grant money was being threatened by your art? No one acts without MONEY being involved and the hypocrisy is so immense by the honesty and conviction of your statements in juxtaposition to the reasons why they are to be removed is awesome…almost another art form called political bull!!!

    A university is SUPPOSED to exposed many sides to a position…banning yours LIMITS that expose…the bureaucrats have diminished BYU…..the spiritual nature and theme of your works have assured us all that the powers that be are frail, mindless empty souls looking to deceive not to empower the mind with many views like a true university would do.

    They keep rollin in.

    Comment by CJ Douglass — April 27, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  23. jjohnsen:

    Oooh, how about hugging Mitt while casually turning away from Harry Reid?

    You mean like this?

    Comment by Nate W. — April 27, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  24. Hehehe.

    Comment by jjohnsen — April 28, 2011 @ 7:56 am

  25. Huh. I noticed yesterday that the McNaughton blog post showed three links at the bottom of the post including a) this post at Nine Moons, b) “Come Ye Poets of the Bloggernacle!” at BCC and c) a post called “BYU Censors Conservative Artwork?” on “Seth Adam Smith’s Blog.”

    That last blog post seems to be from a supporter of McNaughton, and it is the only link that is now listed at the bottom of the blog post. Since I have a Blogger blog myself (actually several), I know that the only way to remove links is to either turn them off in the settings, which he doesn’t seem to have done, or click the little trash can next to each link and delete them individually.

    I wouldn’t want to increase McNaughton’s feeling of being embattled and being the last great defender of truth, justice, and the American way by pointing out the deletion of those links, but I do find it interesting that he cries censorship and then evidently turns around and does the exact same thing.

    Comment by Researcher — April 28, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  26. Check out Pat Bagley’s cartoon from the trib today:

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/51722035-82/bagley-cartoon-lake-salt.html.csp

    Comment by scw — April 30, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

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