Iconoclasm Alive and Well: Man Lops Head Off Jesus Statue in Charleston

Sacred Heart statue - destroyed

A man has destroyed a statue of Jesus in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, decapitating the 6-foot figure with a sledgehammer.The statue had stood for two decades outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Charleston before Charles Jeffrey Short, 38, exercised a kind of political theater, demonstrating his view that the Ten Commandments should be taken literally.It seems the vandal didn't even know the specific Scripture verse which required him to destroy the religious art. … [Read more...]

Pull My Finger: American Tourist Damages Priceless Statue

Statue with broken finger

It’s an old bar-room joke:  Someone says “Pull my finger” and when you do as he asks, he uses the opportunity to fart loudly.  Funny, funny.A tourist from Missouri who was traveling in Italy might have tried the same stunt this week, when he unintentionally broke the finger off a 600-year-old statue in Florence's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.  Called the “Annunciazione,” the statue of the Virgin Mary is actually a copy of an original by 15th century Florentine sculptor Giovanni d’Ambrogio … [Read more...]