Unholy Bible: Very Revised Standard Edition

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Artist: Riley Harris

Year: 2020

Date of Action: January 2020

Region: North America

Location: Portland, Maine

Subject: Religion

Medium: Mixed Media

Confronting Bodies: Casco Bay Church of Christ, My Faith Votes

Description of Artwork: “Unholy Bible” is a multi-media display of a Bible whose pages are torn and covered in red paint to resemble flames. Additionally, Harris placed Satanic images on the face of Christ.

The Incident: The Casco Bay Church of Christ objected and took offense to the display of “Unholy Bible” in a University of Southern Maine building, despite recognizing Harris’s right to free speech. The University stood by Harris and affirmed his right to free speech in this controversy.

Results of Incident: The University maintained that this issue falls under protected free speech, against the wishes of the church group members.