“A Southland church unable to reach agreement on an artist’s proposal for a Nativity scene criticizing gun violence has instead posted a banner calling for peace,” losangeles.cbslocal.com reports. “The Claremont United Methodist Church is breaking away from the last eight years of socially conscious manger scenes designed by church member and artist John Zachary . . . Zachary wanted to erect a steel manger welded with guns to focus the public’s attention on the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.” I may take flack for this but . . .
I respect Mr. Zachary’s manger. Sure it’s pure anti-gun agitprop. But it’s a powerful if more-than-slightly-simplistic statement. I hope that those who condemn the thinking behind the manger celebrate the fact that America is a country where artists are free to create works that represents their personal perspective, whatever that may be.
Remember: the Second Amendment protects the First. Both indeed all Amendments in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights limit government infringement and . . . that’s it. Claremont United is free to accept or reject Zachary’s manger as they see fit. I’m glad they chose the latter, but equally glad they have the right to choose the former. [h/t DrVino]
If there are any budding artists out there who’d like to create pro-gun rights art, TTAG would be happy to give it the oxygen of publicity. Send jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word ART (all caps) in the subject bar.