Victory for AGRIF
Five years ago an exhibit of Contemporary Art was held in the city of Metz, region of Lorraine. Sponsored and organized by FRAC, the Regional Center for Contemporary Art founded in 1982 by Socialist minister of Culture Jack Lang, the exhibit was entitled l'Infamille, roughly translated as "non-family" with overtones of "infamous family". It depicted, in a manner befitting its Socialist creators, what they perceived as the real human family in all its horrors and sexual deviance. Their purpose in exposing the underside of family life remains unclear, since not one Socialist that I know of has lifted a finger to try to alleviate the cruelties children are subjected to in today's broken, rudderless families. Even less have they attempted to improve the level of popular culture.
An elected member of the Front National, Françoise Grolet, mother of six, alerted Bernard Antony, founder of AGRIF, an association that provides legal services to Catholics and ethnic Frenchmen accused of racism or discrimination. In addition AGRIF defends French Catholic society against the onslaught of Contemporary Art with its anti-Christian and sometimes perversely Christian agendas.
Usually AGRIF's cases are thrown out of court. Rare are the success stories considering the bias of the French magistrates today. But after five years of assiduous efforts by AGRIF attorney Jérôme Triomphe (an appropriate name), we have at last a triumph. At his blog, Bernard Antony thanks everyone who showed dogged determination against truly overwhelming odds.
Here, abridged, is the statement posted at her website from François Grolet, the woman who alerted AGRIF back in 2008:
To reeducate the tastes of old-fashioned folk who tend to admire the Mona Lisa or Renoir, Jack Lang created in 1982 a network of Regional Centers for Contemporary Art. Lorraine spends 700,000 euros, plus 500,000 euros from the State, to maintain the FRAC, housed in the beautiful hôtel St. Livier in Metz where it cultivates above all a taste for provocation.
In 2008, the exhibit l'Infamille (free, open to children) targeted the underlying perversity of family cocoons that appear on the surface to be irreproachable. Hanging on the wall of one of the rooms, little hand-written pages similar to the post-it left by parents on the fridge for their children to find when they come home from school. But… the text by "artist" Eric Pougeau would make any normal person go pale.
Following are some of the messages from "parents" to their children that Pougeau wrote:
"Children, we are going to sodomize you and crucify you. You are our flesh and our blood. See you later, Mom and Dad.
"Children, we are going to hang you and rape your corpses. You are our flesh and blood. See you later, Mom and Dad.
"Children, we are watching you. We are going to take you by surprise and kill you, etc…"
Thirty-three pages freely exposed for children, and for perverts in search of inspiration, to see. Thirty-three times, the expression "You are our flesh and our blood", a deliberately Christianophobic refrain.
Note: I have posted two of the pages. Top:
"Children, we are going to kidnap you and give you to our dogs. You are our flesh and our blood. See you later. Mom and Dad."
"Children, we are going to make you our whores. You are our flesh and our blood. See you later. Mom and Dad."
Note: Leftist pedagogues were at one time very critical of fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel, in which children are subjected to horrible acts on the part of adults. Apparently they have decided to write their own fairy tales (drawn from a reality they have helped to foster). But in truth, what percentage of ethnic French children are subjected to these horrors? We know there has been a collapse of morality, but the Manif Pour Tous at least reminded us that all is not yet lost. (A reminder: Hansel and Gretel ends happily.)
Françoise Grolet explains what she did:
In May 2008 I called on Jean-Pierre Masseret, president of the Regional Council and of the FRAC, and the Prefect of Lorraine, requesting that they close the revolting exhibit. The former answered that he had been uncomfortable when he saw the exhibit but didn't want to become a censor… the latter made the pitiful decision to place a sign at the entrance of the FRAC, suggesting that sensitive souls request the help of a cultural guide!
The attorney for AGRIF, Jérôme Triomphe initiated a lawsuit. The court of Metz has just rendered a verdict on November 21, 2013 condemning the FRAC of Lorraine in the name of the protection of minors against spectacles of "great brutality" that "gravely offend human dignity." The court declared the president of the FRAC accountable for the exhibit, and condemned the FRAC to pay one symbolic euro to AGRIF, and three thousand euros plus expenses.
In another article Françoise Grolet describes how, in 2008, all political parties and all regional politicians disapproved of her demand that the exhibit be stopped. She also reveals that upon hearing of the court's decision, the Communist vice-president in charge of Culture of the Regional Council, Roger Tirlicien, claimed he was "proud of those works that question human intelligence" and added that he would appeal the decision.
Not all of Françoise Grolet's readers approve of her effort to have the exhibit condemned. One reader worries about censuring freedom of expression:
- (…) censuring artistic expression is never very healthy, it's the beginning of censuring freedom of expression which is never desirable (but since the Right is constantly taken to court by the Left, you can't blame them for using the system in the same way.) For all that, I found this exhibit excellent: one is sometimes forced, as an artist, to present human violence as it is; it's necessary, and everything this exhibit denounces is only too true. The family, again too often, is the human being's first realm of oppression and collectivism. (…) If this exhibit had denounced the abuses of Muslims or Communists everybody at this site who is critical would have applauded the talent of the artists and the relevance of their message, but because it affects the family and Christianity, they deny the need for such an exhibit. The denunciation of human cruelty must not come from one side or the other; it is necessary, and no violence should be covered up in the name of dogma. This exhibit was basically justified and it was good in terms of artistic expression. That said, the courts have ruled and we must respect its decision.
Note: Naturally, I have not seen the exhibit. From what I've read there is no connection between Christianity and the type of sadistic acts depicted. There are many Christians who do not behave as Christians, and they can be denounced, but the religion does not instruct its adherents to do horrible things to children, therefore, the exhibit cannot be construed as a critique of Christianity. On the other hand, a film such as Fitna, by Geert Wilders, about the atrocities of Islam, is based on the Koran and its instructions.
In any case, taking children to such an exhibit is literally pushing the child into a world of dreadful potentialities that could materialize from the combined forces of the child's imagination and the powerful depraved culture in which he lives. A culture which, it needs to be repeated, strives to institutionalize, in the schools, the home and the workplace, the worst of human behaviors. It would be beneficial to hold an exhibit on the horrors of Communism, Socialism and progressive education. But you have only to go out into the street to find it.
Below, I came upon this clip posted at François Desouche, but there is no indication of its source. Whatever it is it's relevant. It seems to come from a school flyer announcing the holiday schedules:
The afternoon of Thursday December 19 for the children. Rather than the presence of Santa Claus, the pedagogical team (i.e., teachers) prefers, this year, to evoke him in such a way as to:
- not frighten certain young children
- arouse the imagination of the children
- respect the diverse practices of the families
Hilarious! Don't scare the kids with Santa Claus, but respect the depraved habits they are subjected to in their dysfunctional and dumbed-down families. The Left, in its knee-jerk rejection of all traditions, remains terminally clueless when it comes to education, government, culture and human nature.