10 Jun, 2010 @ 10:38
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Devil’s art binned in Spain

INCENSED policemen ran over an art student’s creation which condemned the double sexual standards of the Catholic Church.

Officers swooped at an exhibition in Malaga and destroyed the billboard-sized effort showing a priest and naked boy, alongside the slogan ‘Don’t Use Condom.’

Samuel García Sánchez, who studies at Malaga University, was displaying his controversial work outside the main entrance to Malaga Cathedral.

“It’s the same as leaving your car parked on double-yellow lines and, instead of calling out a tow truck, ordering a steam roller.”

But, within minutes, police arrived and began to tear down his piece.

“It’s as if we are living in fear of the Inquisition once more,” explained Sanchez.

“The officers threw it onto the floor and ran it over with their patrol car.

“Afterwards they called the dustbin men who threw it into the rubbish truck.”

Sanchez explained that the officers didn’t even give him the chance to take his painting home.

He added: “It’s the same as leaving your car parked on double-yellow lines and, instead of calling out a tow truck, ordering a steam roller.”

The Socialist opposition spokesperson said: “This was an attack against the freedom of expression.”

The budding artist was displaying his work at a culture exhibition called the Noche en Blanco.

It was attended by hundreds of local artists in the Plaza de la Merced.

And Sanchez’s contentious artwork depicted a priest subtly lifting up his cassock, while standing behind a child.

It remains unclear who initially reported the painting to the police.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. The only thing obscene are the paedophile priests who never go to prison, they used to get moved around so that they could abuse more children.

    Don’t forget that Ratzinger was capo of the Inquisition, it got renamed (centuries of bad press) the Office of Reconstruction. When he was capo he was ordered to investigate paedophilia in the Roman church.

    What he uncovered (it did’nt take a lot of work) is what has been exposed today but this was 15 years ago and he ordered a ruthless cover-up that to this day he will not admit to.

    Oh yes, read yesterday that a woman priest is on a par with paedophiles. Have these Romans changed from the 14th century when they introduced celibacy for the Roman priesthood because Rome was so degenerate – nothing changed there then.

    I doubt that any rational person would have found this young artist’s work obscene but I’ll bet the paedophile priest did – who rang the police – who was enchufargo – as if we did’nt know.lol

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