The Brave Art of Salvatore Scuotto
In defending the nativity scene, Scuotto says that, "Such scenes are a part of reality. The real scandal is when figures such as Bin Laden or George Bush are used in nativity scenes."
So Salvatore Scuotto has scored a "two-fer" with his latest work by bashing Bush and defecating on Christianity--how original! How cutting edge! In his mind he probably justifies the action by reasoning that real artists "push the envelope" by rattling conventional sensibilities.
Fair enough--I suggest to him a religious topic that will really rattle some sensibilities and "push the envelope" to its very limits: Mohammed's marriage to a nine-year-old girl.
Here's how the Koran describes that event:
[Scriptural Evidence] Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64: Sahih Bukhari [the most
venerated and authentic Islamic source] Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years.
So how about it, Sal?-care to exercise your artisitic powers by creating and displaying a graphic work of art based on Mohammed having sex with his pre-pubescent wife? (You can even play it safe by leaving gratuitous transvestites out of the depiction.)
Oh, wait--I forgot! If Salvatore Scuotto produced and displayed a work of art depicting Mohammed having sex with his child-bride, a reality--at least within the context of the Koran-- it's quite likely that the Italian authorities would cave in to the resulting Muslim outrage by arresting him for "hate speech." Either that or, for his own good, he'd be placed in protective custody.
It's so easy for artists to garner positive attention by desecrating things that are sacred to Christians. Christians usually protest such desecrations mildly, or not at all. And the Left is usually there to cheer on and, if necessary, defend the act of desecration.
Salvatore Scuotto--iconoclast, trend-setter, art hero, and ultimately a coward, knows those things well.