Religion

School Cancellation of Muslim Speaker Continues Disturbing National Trend of Suppressing Speech in Response to Threats

By |2017-11-17T15:29:45-04:00November 17th, 2017|Press Releases|

The cancellation of a scheduled appearance by a Muslim guest speaker at a Connecticut public school is the latest disturbing example of suppressions of free speech in museums, on college campuses and now at middle schools in response to threats of violence.

Penny Dreadful in Paint: Accusations of Blasphemy Hit Virginia MOCA/Hi-Fructose Exhibition

By |2019-02-25T12:33:32-04:00May 16th, 2016|Blog, Incidents, NCAC at work|

Mark Ryden: Fountain, 2003. Oil on Panel, 12x6.25 inches. ©Mark Ryden. In a replay of former New York Mayor Guiliani's attempt to grab attention by attacking "blasphemous" art, Ben Loyola, a member of the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, is directing his ire against the work of LA-based painter Mark Ryden, featured in Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of [...]

Bravos Drown Out Hecklers at “Death of Klinghoffer” Opening

By |2019-03-13T14:59:48-04:00October 22nd, 2014|Incidents|

The audience coming to see John Adams' Death of Klinghoffer on Monday, October 20th, had to pass through a cordon of angry protesters crying "shame" and holding placards condemning the Metropolitan Opera of rather far fetched things like "taking terrorist $$$" or "glorifying terrorism." They must not have succeeded in shaming anyone as the house was full. The few hecklers in the [...]

Clough Stands By Decision To Pull “A Fire In My Belly” From Hide/Seek

By |2019-03-15T15:27:23-04:00April 27th, 2011|Blog|

Despite concerns the Smithsonian's Flashpoints and Faultlines forum would be a bland showcase designed to obscure the institution's commitments to First Amendment principles instead of examining them, last night's opening panels included direct criticism from the dais of Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough's decision to censor David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire In My Belly" from the Hide/Seek exhibit at the [...]

Christian Extremists Vandalize Art — Again and Again

By |2019-03-20T14:18:34-04:00April 20th, 2011|Blog|

Last October we reported about an incident at the Loveland Museum/Gallery in Colorado where a woman ripped into a lithograph after she busted the artwork’s plexiglass case with a crowbar. She did this because God told her to do it. In her explanation of the vandalism, Kathleen Folden refers to the similar destruction of Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ in Australia [...]

Famous Art Censored For Sensitive Types

By |2016-01-14T12:51:43-04:00April 7th, 2011|Blog|

In response to the disturbing story of a woman who attacked a Gauguin at the National Gallery, Flavorwire Art Editor Marina Galpernia has helpfully compiled a photo set of great works modified for those with...delicate sensibilities: Thou shall not show your wiener to God, Adam. Even if Michelangelo’s God is emerging out of an embracing pile of amorous angels, he [...]

Senators Call For Response to Idiotic Burning of Qur’an, But What Kind?

By |2019-03-07T21:56:31-04:00April 4th, 2011|Blog|

A couple weeks ago, Terry Jones finally gave into his burning desire to burn a Qur'an. Over the weekend, Afghans rioted over online video of the burning, resulting in the deaths of up to 20 people. General Petreus called the burning a "security threat" to the Afghan occupation, and Senators Harry Reid and Lindsay Graham have called for Congress to [...]

WEAR IT PROUD

By |2019-03-13T15:37:17-04:00March 28th, 2011|Blog|

Button brought back from the March 2011 Culture Wars symposium with the Corcoran and Transformer DC.

VIDEO: Policing The Sacred Panel at CAA, Organized by NCAC

By |2019-03-13T15:37:35-04:00February 22nd, 2011|Blog|

Were you unable to make it to NCAC's "Policing the Sacred" panel on religion and freedom of expression at this year's CAA? Now is your chance to take in the discourse and debate with these full-length videos! The National Coalition Against Censorship has edited video of “Policing the Sacred: Art, Censorship, and the Politics of Faith,” a session held during [...]

NEWSgrist Write-up On “Policing the Sacred” CAA 2011 Panel

By |2019-03-07T21:56:28-04:00February 14th, 2011|Blog|

Joy Garnett of NEWSgrist has posted her reflections on the NCAC's panel at CAA: 'Policing the Sacred' broached the most interesting age-old conundrum of art, religion and censorship. It asked that we ourselves examine the lines between hate speech, critique, parody, and appropriation of the sacred and its symbols by artists as well as by governments. Several factors were noted [...]

Policing The Sacred – College Art Association Panel – Wednesday, February 9th, 12:30-2 PM

By |2019-03-07T21:50:52-04:00January 31st, 2011|Blog|

Policing The Sacred, organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship, looks at the volatile relationship between art, politics and religion.In recent decades the tensions between these have become intense, evident in the American culture wars of the 90s, the Danish cartoon uproar, and ongoing battles over artistic depictions of religious figures, including the recent removal of a David Wojnarowicz video from a show at the National Portrait Gallery. The panel, open to the public, takes place on Wednesday, February 9th, from 12:30-2 PM.

Protest against Censorship at National Portrait Gallery

By |2016-01-15T10:36:39-04:00December 3rd, 2010|Blog|

This is from an attendant at the protest organized by Transformer on Thursday, Dec. 2nd: The protest's silence was very effective.  The rows standing mute along the entire width of north steps of the Portrait Gallery for about 25 minutes until the museum closed at 7:00 was eloquent and impactful in a way beyond the quantity of supporters or passion [...]

The National Portrait Gallery Betrays Constitutional Principles

By |2016-05-19T12:39:00-04:00December 3rd, 2010|Incidents|

A joint statement by the NCAC, ABFFE, AICA-USA, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, AAP, Catholics for Choice, and other art and free speech organizations protesting the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s 1987 video Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery in response to pressure from the Catholic League and Republicans in Congress.

Controversial Artwork Vandalized in Colorado

By |2019-03-20T14:18:35-04:00October 7th, 2010|Blog|

What began as a heated protest over Enrique Chagoya’s artwork at the Loveland Museum in Colorado has ended in vandalism.  A disgruntled woman ripped into Chagoya’s controversial lithograph “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” after she busted the artwork’s plexiglass case with a crowbar. City council members, religious groups and individuals had hoped that the public pressure caused by the [...]

PEN American Center issues statement in support of Park51 Community Center

By |2019-03-15T16:34:30-04:00August 26th, 2010|Blog|

PEN American Center, a member of NCAC’s coalition, released a statement in support of the proposed Park51 Community Center project, calling First Amendment freedoms “the birthright of all and our best defense.” NCAC is grateful to PEN for expressing thoughts we share about this fear-based controversy. The release and statement: Writers Support Park51 Project, Religious Freedom New York City, August [...]

Fear and censorship: Or, how strong is our commitment to free speech?

By |2019-03-07T23:03:02-04:00May 10th, 2010|Blog|

Violence against those who create and disseminate controversial words and images is not new. But for the last couple of centuries, commitment to free speech has trumped fear of violence in Western liberal democracies. As late as 1989, Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses continued to be published and read in the face of a fatwa issued against its author and in [...]

Index on Censorship Censors Itself

By |2019-03-07T23:02:55-04:00December 22nd, 2009|Blog|

We couldn’t make this up. Not so long ago, Yale University Press, on direction from the university, pre-emptively self-censored images of Mohammed from The Cartoons that Shook the World by Jytte Klausen, a scholarly examination of the controversy that erupted over the publication of cartoon images of Mohammed by the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. Yale’s action was met by a torrent [...]

NCAC, AAUP and Others Issue Call to Action Over Censorship in Response to Threats of Violence, Real and Imagined

By |2019-03-14T17:35:55-04:00December 1st, 2009|Blog|

The National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Association of University Professors, joined by leading groups in the academic, civil liberties, journalism, and free speech fields, issued a Statement of Principle and Call to Action urging governments, institutions and private individuals to support freedom of expression and academic freedom, and to resist caving in to threats of violence, real and [...]

Censorship Guts New Haven Art Exhibition

By |2016-01-14T15:35:01-04:00November 25th, 2009|Blog|

An upcoming exhibition at The John Slade Ely House for Contemporary Art in New Haven, organized by the Orchard Street Shul Cultural Heritage Artists Project, is overshadowed by the organizers’ decision to censor one of the artworks in the show. After numerous requests that Richard Kamler, one of the participating artists, modify parts of his installation, and a month before [...]

Letter to Yale University Opposing Removal of Mohammed Images from Book

By |2016-01-25T10:59:34-04:00September 16th, 2009|Incidents|

We write to protest the decision to remove all images of Mohammed from the forthcoming book, The Cartoons That Shook the World, by Jytte Klausen, which will be published by Yale University Press in early October.  The University’s role in that decision compromises the principle and practice of academic freedom, undermines the independence of the Press, damages the University’s credibility, and diminishes its reputation for scholarship.

Images of Muhammad Banned from Book by Yale Press

By |2019-03-13T18:20:07-04:00August 13th, 2009|Blog|

The NY Times reports today that Yale University Press has not only decided to remove the controversial Danish cartoons of Muhammad from "Cartoons that Shook the World" by Jytte Klausen;  they have decided that all images of Muhammad have to go on the recommendation of a group of "diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism". "...they suggested that the Yale [...]