Defacing Bible

“If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.”

The above notice, alongside with a container of pens, are put by the open Bible at an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) in Glasgow. The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was proposed by the Metropolitan Community Church, which said that the idea was to reclaim the Bible as a sacred text. The community church, which celebrates “racial, cultural, linguistic, sexual, gender and theological diversity”, had suggested the “interactive” Bible and pens and Mr Schrag, 34, – the artist – said he had been intrigued. The open Bible is a central part of Made in God’s Image, part of a series of exhibitions focusing on human rights organised by Culture and Sport Glasgow.

But to the horror of many Christians, including the community church, visitors have daubed its pages with comments such as “This is all sexist pish, so disregard it all.” A contributor wrote on the first page of Genesis: “I am Bi, Female & Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”

The Church of Scotland expressed concern, the Roman Catholic Church called the exhibit infantile, and a Christian lawyers’ group said that the exhibition was symptomatic of a broken and lawless society.

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A spokesman for the Catholic Church said: “One wonders whether the organisers would have been quite as willing to have the Koran defaced.”

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