Artist targeted by angry believers

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Last week author Matt Stillman woke to find “BLASPHMY” spray painted in red letters across his front step in New York City.

Stillman is the author of “Genesis Deflowered,” an erotic rewriting of the King James Bible’s version of Genesis. In a phone interview, Stillman said:

The vandal was obviously upset and trying to shut me down, to silence me, to shame me for the book I wrote. Art is a tool for creating new understandings and expressions of ourselves, which is also what religion is for. Any vandalism against art is dangerous and leads to stagnant views of ourselves and our place in the world.”

In this case Stillman’s home was vandalized, but often it’s the art that gets censored or destroyed amid calls of blasphemy.

Religious News Service

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