U.S. taxpayers fund ant-covered Mohammed art exhibit at the Smithsonian 2

By Tom Quiner

Did that headline get your attention? It’s not totally accurate.

In fact, the nationally-funded National Portrait Gallery, a part of the Smithsonian Institute, IS featuring an exhibit with an important religious figure covered with ants. Only it’s not Mohammed.

It’s Jesus.

It is politiically-correct to desecrate Christ with tax-payer money. It is not politically-correct to desecrate Mohammed in the eyes of the liberal elites who fund anti-Christ art.

For the record, it is not respectful to desecrate Mohammed either … or any beloved and sacred religious figure. Who would ever want to do such a thing?

In this case, the co-curator of the exhibit, dubbed “Hide and Seek,” is David Ward. He has used our dollars to create an exhibit that not only includes the desecrated Jesus, but also naked kissing brothers, genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts.

There’s more.

You’ll enjoy two halves of a loaf of bread being sewn together in an artsy video clip along with a man’s bloody mouth being sewn shut.

This IS art in the eyes of liberal elites. Specifically, it is gay art, according to Mr. Ward:

“‘Hide/Seek’ chronicles how, as outsiders, gay and lesbian artists occupied a position that turned to their advantage, making essential contributions to both the art of portraiture and to the creation of modern American culture.”

Are you okay with helping to pay to desecrate Jesus and celebrate homoerotic art?

Some readers of Quiner’s Diner will say yes, some no. But in this case, you have no choice. These are your tax dollars at work.

If the exhibit included a comparable desecration of Mohammed, Muslim terrorists would kill those responsible, an unjust response to an unjust use of taxpayer dollars.

Since Christians don’t murder Jesus desecrators, anti-Christian artists are comfortable in creating and promoting this kind of art with the support of liberal elites and taxpayer money.

Is this kind of art obscene? It depends on who you are.

My best guess is that practicing Christians, Muslims, Republicans, Tea Party supporters, and anyone with common sense (which immediately excludes the liberal elites) say yes.

That taxpayer money directly or indirectly supports art so repugnant is in itself obscene.


Let’s blame God 1

By Tom Quiner

What do Steve Johnson and Christopher Hitchen have in common?  They both blame God.

Mr. Johnson is a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills.  Mr. Hitchens is a political columnist and author of the book, God is Not Great. Unlike Mr. Johnson, he is a champion of the new atheism.

This past weekend, their personal philosophies toward God crossed paths.

Mr. Johnson’s team, the Bills, were engaged in a dramatic overtime game with the tough Pittsburgh Steelers when the Bills quarterback hoisted a long pass to Mr. Johnson. The ball was perfectly thrown into Mr. Johnson’s hands as he raced into the end zone. If he holds onto the ball, the Bills win.

Mr. Johnson dropped the ball and the Bills lost the game. You can watch the action above.

Mr. Johnson blamed God (in Whom he believes) for allowing him to drop the ball.  I quote:

“I praise you 24/7!!!!!! And this (sic) how you do me!!!!! You expect me to learn from this??? How???!!! Ill (sic) never forget this!! Ever!!! Thx tho …”

Setting side Mr. Johnson’s punctuation extravagance and rhetorical shortcomings, this is a guy ticked off at the Almighty.

At the same time Mr. Johnson was being manipulated to drop the ball by God, Mr. Hitchens was in Canada debating former Brit Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on whether religion is a force for good in the world. Hitchens demonstrated more proficiency in his tirade against God, describing him as a “celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea”:

“Once you assume a creator and a plan, it makes us objects, in a cruel experiment, whereby we are created sick, and commanded to be well. And over us, to supervise this, is installed a celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea. Religion forces nice people to do unkind things, and also makes intelligent people say stupid things.”

Mr. Hitchens was once a liberal commentator who antagonized the political Left by his anti Muslim editorializing. He was a supporter of the Iraq war. He lumps Christianity together with Islam as being variations of the same disorder known as religion.

No force in human history has been the source of so much good as has Christianity. Love, forgiveness, redemption are cornerstones of Christ’s message.

Certainly bad things have been done in the name of Christ, but they pale in comparison to Christianity’s relentless pursuit of service to the needy.

The world would be unrecognizable without the beneficent ministrations of this beautiful religion.

Is God the cause of the evil in the world Mr. Hitchens laments, or the dropped balls Mr. Johnson bemoans? No, but He is the source of the good that can occur when bad things happen.

Mr. Johnson believes in God and blames him for bad things that happen.

Mr. Hitchens does not believe in God but still blames him for bad things that happen.

I believe the existence of evil is proof of God’s existence. God is love. He gives us free will in our lives, which includes whether we love Him back. Free will is essential to love, because love involves choice.

God gives us that choice, and sometimes we make very bad choices, which can cause harm (evil). When we do drop the ball, He is there to lovingly and patiently help us pick it up and get back on track.

An interview with the composer of The Pope of the People Reply

By Tom Quiner

I consider the late Pope John Paul II to be one of the most important persons of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have written a musical, The Pope of the People, on the dramatic first ten years of his papacy.

I talk a little about the piece in the interview above.

An easy way to visualize America’s debt problem 1

By Tom Quiner

I like this video.

You can visualize the magnitude of our national debt problem and how it is driven by entitlement programs. This video was made before Obamacare was passed. The picture is only going to get worse once it kicks in in its entirety.

We have to get a grip on entitlements and our nation’s unfunded liabilities.

Can our political parties work together to curtail our spending?  I don’t think so. My skepticism is fueled after seeing what Iowa’s lame duck Governor, Chet Culver, just did. He gave unionized state workers a $100 million raise a year, on top of the lavish benefits they already enjoy.

If we can’t fix Iowa’s problem, how can we fix the nation’s financial mess?

Governor Culver was thrown out of office because of concerns about Iowa’s dramatic spending increases under his administration. Democrats lost the House and many seats in the Senate.

Despite voter’s clear signal that they want the spending to stop, Governor Culver made the choice to ignore their concerns in favor of throwing some expensive political bones to a core constituency: unionized government workers.

Politics trump fiscal responsibility with Democrats these days. Republicans are swimming upstream with a lead weight tied to their ankle in their attempt to clean up this mess.

Governor Culver is asking working class Iowans to lower their standard of living even more to pay for these pay raises for folks who already earn more than the rest of us.

The honorable thing to do would have been to let incoming Governor-elect, Terry Branstad, conclude the union negotiations. Now Mr.Branstad is faced with unpleasant choices: increase taxes during a recession to pay for Culver’s mess; or lay off state workers.

Farewell, Governor Culver.  We shall not miss ye.