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. CDallas

    KeithTexas I just want to say. Have a blessed day! Have a blessed day! Have a blessed day! Now come find me. People like you who respond to words with harmful physical responses make this world the mess it is. The actions this woman took are wrong, but at the same time seperation of church and state may apply here and the artwork shouldn't have ever been on display at the "city owned" museum. Anyway Keith if you want to black my eye I'll be waiting.

    October 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  2. sheetiron

    Once again, the persecution of the Christ and his followers continues. Even in America.

    October 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
    • Raider

      As it should!

      October 10, 2010 at 3:03 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      Who was persecuted? and how, exactly? Did this painting reach out and smack the belief out of your mouth?

      October 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  3. Herome

    Freedom of expression, religion, speech does not give people the right to insult other religions!

    October 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
    • robert

      Actually it does. Perhaps you don't understand the word freedom. Or maybe you thought the law only applied to you and your imaginary friend.

      October 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • GUE OV


      October 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • GodIsForImbeciles

      It absolutely does! And christianity ripely deserves the mocking it gets, just like Islam. What transparently obvious fairy tales!

      October 10, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  4. GodIsForImbeciles

    If this witless woman actually believes in her supernatural sky fairy hero king, why shouldn't she just satisfy herself with the artist's impending demise? One more example of how christians are fanatical, self-absorbed, delusional know-it-somes, just like the muzzies.

    A trucker. Yup. Another candidate for MENSA.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • David

      Thanks for that. i always enjoy when atheists come out in these articles with a show like yours. True maturity, decency and reason. Grow up kid.

      October 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
    • GodIsForImbeciles

      Little David's sensibilities have been wounded. Take a powder, child.

      October 10, 2010 at 12:02 am |
  5. Rita

    If you don't like something, leave or don't go to see it in the first place, if you think you won't like it. Folks that want to think (of course their small brains aren;t really capable of much in the way of thought) for the rest of us are quite offensive. I hope she gets the maximum sentence. And then a picture of the destroyed art work should be projected on her cell wall for the duration of her sentence. That way she can't destroy it, but might be forced to look at it, or bash her tiny brains out on the wall.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  6. Steve

    I would call myself a progressive Christian, my God is caring and understanding and He speaks for Himself. I also believe that everyone on this earth has a purpose. What if it was God's will that this artist create a controversial image to show the world that Christians are more compassionate and understanding than Muslim Fundamentalists? I guess we don't look any better now do we?

    Truly, if God has a problem with an individual's actions, He has all eternity to deal with it. He certainly doesn't call on a vast army of lesbian truck drivers to vandalize artwork.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  7. Bert

    Give her a medal

    October 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
    • Matt

      She probably got one already. Wasn't she in that Abu-Graib photo with the prisoner pile?
      Wait, I'm confusing her with the woman who let her kid die because doctors were against her religion.
      Never mind, yuo can go back to you Hungry Man frozen meal.

      October 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  8. David

    Call me a liberal but I don't believe in putting mentally ill people in prison. She needs to be in a mental hospital until cured.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Yes, and then once she is cured we will take her out and stone her!

      So sayeth the desert war god!

      October 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • David Johnson

      We could also send her to Texas. Don't they execute the mentally challenged?

      October 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  9. xiaobao

    If the artist makes one of Mohammed it won't just be the art that'll get destroyed. Nevertheless, all religion is garbage. Pretending your garbage is better someone elses means you're still garbage. Enjoy your imaginary friends.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  10. Lee

    The hateful Christians at it again, destroying all of whom or of what they don't like. It is clear that their Jesus message is one of destruction.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • David

      The generalization, ignorance and naivety of your post is staggering. You should probably run along.. D:

      October 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  11. Jason B.

    Hey, if "artists" can get away with charging tens of thousands for a randomly welded pile of scrap metal (scrap worth about $100) then why couldn't this piece be worth $1000? Besides, she's obviously a nut job. Just cause you don't agree with someone's work doesn't give you the right to destroy it...I don't care how "religious" you say you are.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  12. Chris

    -“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.”

    Ha...... But it would be OK if the City of Loveland 'specifically endorsed' a piece that held Jesus Christ in high esteem? That could be construed as endorsing religion.

    Bottom line: No opinion on any art.. take it all unless it causes that masses to faint upon observation.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  13. Matt

    This was a piece of art in a gallery. LMFAO. Ok, so if Fundies see an offensive image on their computer screens do they smash their laptops with a hammer?
    Cave people!
    I wonder if it was a caucasian "Jesus" to boot? Even funnier. Where's Palin when you need her? hahahahahaha

    October 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Zoolander: The files are in the computer?

      October 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Sodapophead

    Come on people, we all know that religion is fake, nothing more than a way to try and control people. As for the destruction of property, that lady needs to go to jail. Period. I'll pay the 1001.00.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  15. Tonya

    So she destroyed artwork!?...she never committed murder..sheesh..some ppl's comments on here are like.."throw the book at her"...Yes I do believe she needs some punishment for what she did..she did destroy property..but come on ppl..there are bigger things in todays society to worry about:(..But then if she goes to jail everyone will complain that their tax dollars will be used to house her..its a no win situation...lmao

    October 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Stone her!!

      October 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  16. Richard_S

    To a non Christian of course this is a non issue. To put yourselves in the shoes of a Christian. Think of someone you dearly cherish and love. Now imagine them put up on a wall doing something they are against.

    Look at what happens when people post a pick of Mohammad! The Draw a pic of Mohammad day founder on facebook is now in hiding after DEATH THREATS, and the South park episodes from last season parallelling this were also even cut from Comedy Central and itunes.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
    • Sodapophead

      I love my imaginary friend too.

      October 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
    • me

      It's not her property to destroy. Doesn't matter what you believe. Christians bomb abortion clinics because they feel it's murdering god's creation...can you justify that? It's all destruction of property they do not own. Your fanatical viewpoints are just as bad as the Islamic people who are against Muhammad's image being displayed. There is simply no justification for destroying property or killing people in the name of religion. Deal with it.

      October 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  17. pkfops

    The one thing I find interesting is that a lesbian found this offensive.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  18. bryan swicicki

    Would the brave "artist" have dared make the same display of Allah? would the enlightened museum have displayed it?

    I guess peoples sensitivities are only considered if they tend to be violent? interesting lesson

    October 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
    • Matt

      You're not making much sense, but then again, you're throwing your lot in with troglodites that smash art.

      I guess I should be proud of you for being able to type complete senteces without drooling all over your keyboard.

      USA! Jesus (now Super Sized!)

      October 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • David Johnson

      I think you do have a point.

      The museum would not have displayed an image sacred to the Muslims. And the reason for this, is because the Muslims go berserk.

      Hmmm... So the art object that was offensive to Christians, was shown, because they do not riot in mass.

      You have a point. But the woman is still guilty as sin. I wish I had a rock.

      October 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      The artist does display muslim based art as well. Try looking past your four walled world.


      October 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Selfish Gene

      Again... VERY nice find...!

      October 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Why thank you. I feel that piece brings the whole argument full circle.

      October 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  19. PARROT


    October 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  20. pkfops

    There's nothing wrong with it.

    October 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
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