(Scotland) Bible Defaced In Art Exhibition

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: August 11, 2009

Obscene and offensive messages have been scrawled over a Bible at a taxpayer-funded exhibition in Glasgow.

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is displaying a Bible with pens next to it and a notice reading: “Are there any gay people in the Bible? Out of the tens of thousands of people who appear in the Old and New Testaments, there must have been. Visitors are asked: “If you feel you’ve been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” A number of crude comments and angry remarks expressing hatred for the Bible’s teaching have since been left. Idea giver Metropolitan Community Church minister Jane Clarke said she regretted the comments made on the Bible. She said: “It was our intention to reclaim it as a sacred text”. George Reid, of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, board member of the exhibition, said: “Defacing the Bible will not help to build an inclusive and tolerant society. Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre, said: ‘We have got to a point where we call the desecration of the Bible modern art.” The exhibition center is funded with £240,000 of public money. We thank the Christian Institute for reporting on this story. For the full text please view http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090723/bible-defaced-for-gay-art-exhibition/?e240709