What the Brooklyn Museum of Art calls “art,” Catholics across the country consider blasphemy. To protest, the American TFP and its affiliate campaign America Needs Fatima announced today an April 21 rally of peaceful protest and reparation in front of the museum.
According to press reports, two blasphemous portrayals of Jesus Christ are now on display at the museum – a photo of a nude woman standing in Jesus’ place at the Last Supper and another of a topless woman on a cross. (Daily News Express, 2/15/01; Reuters, 2/15/01).
“We have the permit and we’re starting to line up some excellent speakers,” says campaign director Robert E. Ritchie. “We expect to see thousands of protesters, praying the rosary and protesting Saturday at one o’clock in front of the Brooklyn Museum.”
Thousands of Catholics appeared for similar peaceful protests against the play Corpus Christi and the premiere of the movie Dogma. Mr. Ritchie expects this protest to be the biggest ever.
TFP and America Needs Fatima supporters are already sending thousands of e-mail protests to The Brooklyn Museum of Art. E-mails of encouragement are also going to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to thank him for trying to avoid future blasphemies by working to establish decency standards for museums receiving public money. Printed protest flyers will soon be ready to distribute nationwide.
The TFP rally is one more step Catholics can take to let their voices be heard. Plans are under way to mail out 170,000 invitations and place newspaper ads.
“A lot of people are already exited about the rally,” Mr. Ritchie added. “I can’t think of a better way to show how much we care for the Honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”