Controversial Obama artist: Glenn Beck “one person to come to my defense”

Last week, Glenn invited Michael D’Antuono onto his TV show to talk about his controversial painting “The Truth”, an image of Barack Obama being crucified like Jesus Christ. While the interview did start off a little contentious, the two ended up having a thought provoking conversation about freedom of speech and honest debate in America. Unfortunately, the media mostly missed this message by focusing on “Obama in Pee Pee” – but D’Antuono told a Boston news outlet there was

D’Antuono told WBUR:

“Perhaps the bigger story is that something good has come from all this commotion over the piece,” D’Antuono, who appeared on Beck’s show on Nov. 28, e-mails me. “Through the firestorm of controversy over my painting ‘The Truth’ and the demands to remove it from public view by the Christian-Right, the one person to come to my defense was the person you would least expect … Glenn Beck, the Grand Jester of conservatism. We are, no doubt, the oddest of odd couples. My admittedly provocative art tends to take a liberal stance which generally outrages conservatives and no one has drawn the ire of liberals more than Glenn Beck. Yet, the conservative icon devoted a show to defending this liberal artist’s First Amendment right in his own grandiloquent way. Yesterday he afforded me the opportunity on his show to air my thoughts and show my art. Then something even more surrealistic happened. Two of the most unlikely people, both of whose work has admittedly fueled some of the country’s divisiveness, demonstrated that they can have a respectful and civil discourse. As insignificant as this may sound, it’s a lesson that a lot of our elected and religious leaders, pundits and the American public in general would do well take notice of. In the increasingly divisive political environment, this is a positive thing. One small step for civility.”


  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    So one more liberal is shocked that Glenn, the man so many have demonized w/o mercy, will come to defend him on the grounds of his freedom of expression. 

    It is an inherit right we have embodied in the Constitution, for now at least, and protects the artist opinion, the people who disagree with him and all others in regard to the matter. He has the right and so Glenn is right in defending that same freedom we all share.

    Understand people, under Obama and the Democrats, they see the freedom of expression as a key danger to their cause of subjugation and control of the masses. If they crush it once and for all, they will have won.

    Personally, I think the artists painting of Obama is offensive, yet I will respect his right; along with that of Glenns ‘Obama in pee-pee’ which is causing such a firestorm.

    • landofaahs

      Frankly, I think we should bring back some of those words of old that seem to be off limits these days.

      • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

        In the case of Obama – treason, liar, con artist, terrorist, murderer and radical racist in his own right are quite fitting in my book to describe him.

      • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

        Land – the blasted thing is so few people understand that Obama is nothing more than a quisling for Soros.

        • Anonymous

          HusseinObama to Soros is Like Darth Vader To Lord Sidious of StarWars!

          • Elton Robb

            Uhm.  No.  Not really.  I would compare Obama to Julius Caesar personally. 

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Given the way the left and the fanatical base of Obama is making him into a messiah, savior and god-king manifest on earth, I imagine some are inquiring how much the picture is to be sold for and they will give it to Obama.

    Personally I would pay for it to use as kindling at my next cookout.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    To all those who demonize Glenn and his fans constantly, note what Glenn has shown in spades with the defense of this man: Character and Integrity.

    If whatever you have passing for a conscience is twinging away at that, consider why.

  • landofaahs

    That is because few people believe in true liberty anymore.  Unless the behavior is physically causing harm to others, let them have their free speech and live their lives as they choose.  I just don’t want it to cost me even one red cent to pay for other people’s choices.  I do draw lines of baby muder, murder and stealing. You know, the basic 10 commandments. 

    • Anonymous

      you take GOD and Commandments Out Of Schools And Government and You Get Tyranny! and thats what the Left did! and they blame the Right. They Left Live In Their Fantasy World of UNreality tvlife!they are actors in the game of life..with teleprompters…all the worlds a stage and we get the Celebrity-In-Chief of DarkVader!

      • landofaahs

        It’s an option as is separation.

      • raylau

        I AGREE!!!

  • Sam Fisher

    It is amazing that people don’t try to reason with each other. There would be no war. everyone would defend everyone else’s rights and we might actually do something positive in the world instead of making fake deals in the hope your enemies go down with the ship like Obama has been doing since he was put into the white house this time around.

    • classic jag

      Well that sounds like the land of happy day.  Let’s go there…

    • Anonymous

      As much as we all want that, it ain’t gonna happen, lol.  There’s too many fascist, communist, Islamist tyrants in this world for such reasoning to even be possible.  We all know the fake deals Hitler made with the UK, France, and the USSR.  They led to the single largest war in World History that led to the deaths of 10s of millions of people.  And that doesn’t even include the civilians who lost their lives.  As long as such tyrants exist, reasoning with them will be absolutely impossible.

      • Sam Fisher

        I meet two out of all the time since I started this. Many on the left just want to play the race card whenever they get the chance. It is really very sad that they can’t even debate like an adult.

  • Jim Firster

    I created “Obama Beside Himself” A Obama bobble head next to a pile of fake dog crap–Still can’t tell them apart.

  • Aunt Moxie

    What people miss is that the principle of individual rights and freedom are the great uniters (if that’s a word). Trouble comes when people want to stifle freedom because they disagree with how others use theirs; but if we’ll devote ourselves to upholding principles instead of preferences, we’ll come together most every time.

  • Anonymous

    When you talk to a sworn liberal, you should understand why they are so blind. They are prepared to follow their leader into hell, if that what it takes. It’s just like talking to a religious fanatic, who believes that his religion or faith is the right one and everybody else’s is wrong. Just listen to some of the televangelists talk and you’ll hear the same theme. Sworn conservatives are little different too.

  • Rodney Brungardt

    Glenn has shown over and over that people can and do have civil and respectful conversations even though they disagree on the issues. It’s all about mutual respect. We can’t all be the same but we don’t have to fight and argue over our differences. I feel we all want the same things it’s just that we may disagree on how to get those things.

  • Mike Greene

    Do liberals understand the what they are doing by idolizing Obama: You shall have no other gods but me (protestant / jewish) or I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me (catholic).  They obviously are not be people of “real” faith.  I never understood that whole idea of idolizing.  I’ve met many people and will tell them I enjoy their work or enjoy watching them play but I never understood the whole photograph / autograph thing.  n one person is better than another – we all have gifts we can give to mankind in one form or another.

  • Snorri Sturluson

    Consider when Communists were imprisoned by sundry governments, the commies murdered one another in prison over doctrinal differences. Now days, until the liberal progressives, socialists, Marxists, Communists and plain old criminals can effectively disarm and legally restrict American citizens and their Constitutional protections, lies, slander, and distortions are the only overt means to counter conservative and traditional positions. The Inquisition lasted, on and off, for 600 plus years; the last to be executed was in 1828 in Italy. I wonder if the potential hybrid inquisition of the “new word order” proponents of the end justifies the means will come into being in the next 4 years?

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