Anti-Islamic art ruled 'hate' speech

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_679177" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Poet Yahya Hassan"][/caption] What to wear to a poetry recital? In Denmark, it may be a flak-jacket and Kevlar helmet, especially if you are more…

Porn: Arousing our culture to death

by Marisa Martin -- "Even the pagans who find pornography pleasant and necessary seem to recognize that it is kind of pitiful." – Russell Moore In 2011 Anthony Josef Norris, an artist more…

'I can take your money to make these monuments'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_651325" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Obama portrait at U.K. Embassy by Chuck Close"][/caption] Why do dictators always love enormous, ostentatious and self-aggrandizing art? They're lost in an endless orgiastic more…

Beauty triumphs over tragedy

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_633599" align="alignright" width="223" caption=""Peace & Safety" – art by Karyne Wee/Kogata Yatsura"][/caption] Why is anyone in their right mind dancing, painting or writing a tone poem? Considering more…

See Word of God in ancient, yet whole new way

by Marisa Martin -- A Welsh teenager in the 1960s was having visions – visions of golden calligraphic uncials and fantastic birds perched into borders for the Queen of England. His second more…

'Hail to the thief'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_623785" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Brett Murray, self-photo from exhibit "Crocodile Tears""][/caption] What happens when a successful, left-leaning, fully progressive artist realizes he's been had? That his dreams of more…

That's funny: Jesus doesn't look Jewish

by Marisa Martin -- "The historic rift between Christianity and Judaism will not be healed until Jews look at Jesus and see a faithful Jew and Christians look at an orthodox Jew more…

Can the Mambo save America?

by Marisa Martin -- Lights are low, and conversations muted in the perfumed air. Facets from a massive Austrian chandelier catch glittering rays off gowns, scattering them across a vast and polished more…

Jesus finds his way to Texas

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_607867" align="alignright" width="252" caption=""Dewey taken up into Glory" by James Janknegt"][/caption] When a young father and husband took his own life in 1999, an entire city mourned more…