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Pope Benedict Shot, Obama Crucified. Just Look At This:

It is NOT art, it’s an offensive illustration of hatred:

An upcoming art exhibit in Toronto could raise eyebrows with its use of violent images involving people such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.

A series of 30 paintings and four sculptures by Peter Alexander Por is scheduled to open at the Bezpala Brown Gallery on Feb. 5. Titled Persona Non Grata — The Veil of History, the exhibit is intended to portray “the story of oppression, pain, suffering, persecution and death,” according to a statement from the art gallery released Thursday.

Among the paintings to be displayed is one of the Pope, in which the portrait is riddled with bullet holes. The gallery said this particular work is “a less than subtle expression of the hurt and anger directed at a pontiff and an institution that has abandoned its flock, choosing to focus on dogma while its subjects suffer and, in many instances, die from its archaic policies.”

Obama is shown nailed to a cross, with the gallery saying he is cast as “a victim, crucified in the wake of special and distorted interests.”

Por is a Toronto artist who was born in Hungary during the Second World War and raised a Catholic.

“The existence of cruelty and murder offends him personally and he cannot forget it,” art critic Judy Stoffman is quoted as saying in the gallery’s release. “It is as though he lacks the protective skin that most people have developed to be able to function.”

The work and expressions are that of an unregenerate, fallen and depraved mind. Nothing else.

I mean, honestly, just look at how they are advertising this exhibit:

Despicable!

Do feel free to protest the above by e-mailing the Bezpala Brown Gallery:

President Darrell Brown
dbrown@bezpalabrown.com
Gallery Director Lyudmila Bezpala-Brown
mila@bezpalabrown.com
Gallery Manager Fariz Kovalchuk
fariz@bezpalabrown.com
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Post-martyrdom Virgins Up to 76?

CNN (again):

Afterlife inflation: Have jihadists had to raise martyrdom incentive?

The promise of 70 or 72 virgins upon martyrdom has become a familiar expression in discussions among Islamic extremists, but a recent terror indictment raises the peculiar question of whether the incentive has been increased.

The case involves a man suspected of conspiring with a terrorist network responsible for the deaths of five U.S. soldiers in Iraq. He was arrested Wednesday in Canada, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.

Faruq Khalil Muhammad, 38, was charged with conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to a terrorist network that conducted suicide bombings in Iraq, the statement said.

The complaint quotes from wiretaps of conversations between the defendant and the potential suicide bombers he is alleged to having aided.

In one snippet of conversation from March 2009, the defendant is encouraging a reluctant “Fighter 5” who is concerned about his mother. In the course of encouraging “Fighter 5,” the complaint shows an inflation in the promise of virgins after martyrdom.

“May God give you 74 to marry. We want virgins of paradise, not the ones here,” said “Fighter 5,” according to the criminal complaint.

“You come short, brother,” the complaint quotes Muhammad as responding. “God is more generous than that. It’s supposed to be 76.”

The promise of 76 is higher than even the defendant believes is traditionally due…

“Do you know mother that when a martyr dies, he would have 7 characteristics. First, he receives forgiveness for all his sins, then he gets to see his own seat in paradise,” the complaint alleges Muhamad said. “Also he gets to have 70 virgins.”

So is the promised reward of martyrdom suffering from some sort of spiritual inflation? Is 70 no longer enough incentive?…

There is nothing in the Quran that rewards a suicide bomber, or martyr, with virgins, Esposito said.

“This has become a popular belief in some circles but is not based on scripture,” Esposito explained.

The Quran does speak of “houris,” dark-eyed or black-eyed virgins, noted Esposito, as a reward for men in paradise, but not specifically for martyrdom.

The number, typically 70 or 72, is not in the Quran, said Esposito, but rather comes from the oral tradition

The focus on virgins as a reward for martyrdom is a modern phenomena said Salah Hassan, an associate professor at Michigan State University…

More here.

There’s only one problem though:

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Here is the Banned Jesus Hates Obama Ad

Here is the Jesus Hates Obama Ad that was rejected as a Super Bowl commercial:

CNN reports:

An online store called Jesus Hates Obama says a television ad it submitted to air during next month’s Super Bowl has been rejected by the Fox television network.

“Do I really believe (that) Jesus really hates Obama? No, but I do believe in freedom… as in the freedom to poke fun at the Obama administration when I don’t agree with their policies,” said Richard Belfry, who began selling Jesus Hates Obama merchandise in 2009, in a Thursday press release about the ad’s rejection.

A spokesman for Fox, which will broadcast the Super Bowl on February 6, would not say whether the network rejected the ad.

“If an advertiser wishes to submit an ad for consideration, we will review it and determine if it’s appropriate for air,” said Lou D’Ermilio, a spokesman for Fox Sports Media Group. “However, we do not provide information about the materials that may or may not have been submitted, nor do we discuss our broadcast standard polices.”

The Jesus Hates Obama website said in its release that it had received an e-mail message from Fox’s vice president for broadcast standards and practices that said its commercial was “deemed not acceptable to air on FOX during the 2011 Super Bowl.”…

The ad encouraged viewers to go to the JesusHatesObama.com site to buy merchandise, mostly T-shirts with messages including, “Jesus Loves You but hates Obama.”

The site is here.

Just as well. This is but another commercial shot in really poor taste.