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October 9th, 2010
02:44 PM ET

Woman charged for destroying controversial Jesus art in Colorado

Editor's note: A lawyer for Kathy Folden, who was charged Wednesday by Loveland, Colorado police with criminal mischief - a felony - said she will plead not guilty.

“Kathy is an ordinary American with some sincerely held religious beliefs, and like a lot of Americans and a lot of people in Colorado she was pretty upset by some of the displays at a city-owned museum,” one of her attorneys, Cliff Stricklin, told CNN Friday.

“The real issue is the city of Loveland, which is not supposed to be endorsing or belittling religion,” he said. “They specifically endorsed a piece that belittled Jesus Christ.”

Striklin said that Folden will challenge the charge on the basis that a felony is supposed to involve destruction of more than $1,000 worth of property. “There’ no way the state can prove that this piece was worth over $1,000,” Stricklin said.

Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Montana, was released from jail Thursday on $350 bail. Striklin said that this weekend she will return home, where the mother and grandmother works as a long-haul trucker.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Art • Colorado • Jesus • United States

soundoff (895 Responses)
  1. Mitur Binesderti

    This woman should be put in a mental hospital for life. She's crazy, she actually believes in a magical fairy that lives in the sky and thinks that gives her a right to destroy anything she finds offensive.

    March 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  2. sallykh

    This isn't a religion vs. whatever else issue, it is a first amendment issue. As someone said to me "You don't have the right to NOT be offended." People have the right to express their opinions, no matter how unpopular they are.

    I can't comment on whether the artwork was good or not, offensive or not because I haven't seen it. Lets say it is offensive, that still does not give someone the right to destroy private or public property. We are civilized, are we not? If you are offended you have the right to EXPRESS that opinion. You can blog, right letters to the museum, write an article in a paper, put up a youtube video, troll comments, organize protests, create your own piece of art in response. But violence and the destruction of property is NOT expression under freedom speech.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  3. avlisk

    This woman must work for NPR. I know, cheap shot. But funny. And possible, with behavior like this.

    October 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
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    October 17, 2010 at 4:10 am |
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