In 1987 an “artist” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andres Serrano, took a crucifix and submerged it in a glass of his own urine. He then took a photograph an received fame and awards. The piece was exhibited in galleries, museums, and featured in art textbooks.
In 2010, a man suggests that he was is going to burn the Koran. The Florida pastor, Terry Jones, didn’t receive any awards, nor was funded by any government agency for the act he planned to carry out.
Each man has a right to carry out their actions in the United States. They are protected by the First Amendment. And while they both have their critics, the world-wide outrage and attention by media, politicians, and the public are quite lopsided.
The Serrano photograph certainly didn’t take up the news cycle for a week with politicians and world leaders stepping in to discourage the artist from presenting his work.
If the pastor was an “artist”, backed by the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was planning on taking a photograph of the Bible being burned, would the world media be giving him so much attention?
If this pastor was an “artist” who planned to burn the Bible, would the INTERPOL have a global terror alert due to angry Christians planning to carry out terror attacks on innocent people across the world?
You know the answer.