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NY Times prints pope made of condoms art – wouldn’t touch Muhammad cartoon

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The New York Times was caught in an obvious double-standard of what art it considers “fit to print” when it featured a portrait Tuesday of Pope Benedict XVI made of 17,000 condoms.

Mocking Catholics is A-OK at The Times. Muslims are a different story.

In January, The Times used respect for religion to justify its decision to withhold images of the Prophet Muhammad that appeared on the cover of Charlie Hebdo magazine — images of unquestionable news value since they prompted attacks by Muslim extremists on the magazine’s offices in Paris.

“[Some] Muslims view any depictions of the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous,” the Times explained, adding “some of the more inflammatory Charlie Hebdo drawings are purposefully offensive — featuring, for example, drawings of the prophet in pornographic poses.”

Yet Times editors OK’d the portrait of the pope, titled “Eggs Benedict” by Niki Johnson, certain that it would be offensive to many Roman Catholics.

Appearing online and in Tuesday’s print version of the newspaper, the Times wrote that the portrait has “upset Roman Catholic leaders in Milwaukee, where the piece is housed.”

“Our hope is that the piece will bring not only controversy, but room for conversation about the underlying discussion the artist intended as well as regarding the role of art in public discussion,” Dan Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum said in a statement, the Times reported.

Twitter users noted the hypocrisy with scorn.

The Times’ hypocrisy is received loud and clear.

Steve Berman


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