Deface the Bible— Don't Worry; It's Art

Reactions mixed on gallery exhibit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 1:03 PM CDT
One contributor wrote, "I am Bi, Female & Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this."   (©CedarBendDrive)
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(Newser) – An exhibit at Scotland’s Gallery of Modern Art intended to “reclaim the Bible as a sacred text” did not go entirely as planned, the Telegraph reports. Visitors were invited to “write your way back into” the Bible on display, and the resulting additions ranged from the angry—“This is all sexist pish”—to the silly—“The Gospel According to Luke Skywalker.”

A local church that offers “inclusive Christian ministry to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities” dreamed up the idea, but a minister was not amused. “The Bible should never be used like that,” she says. One of the artists who created the exhibition counters, “If we are to open up the Bible for discussion, surely we have to invite people to speak out.”