On 13 June 2016 49 people died in an attack on the club Pulse in Florida. 53 more were badly hurt when the religiously motivated attacker entered the club, which was popular by lesbian and gay people, and ruthlessly shot every person he could. 49 young people, who only wanted to party and to have fun and who were loved, had to die, because the attackers Islamic shaped world view couldn’t allow people to love each other and to live together.
Some horrible scenes occurred. Parents, who came running, had to witness the killing of their kids only metres away without being able to help them. Some of them got a last text message from their sons and daughters, before they were massacred.
In addition to condolences some voices from religious and right-wing people were heard, who saw the attack as the wrath of god at perverts. Baptist pastors like Steven Anderson talked disparagingly about the victims.
Two of the victims were a young couple, who wanted to marry. They were buried together. The picture, that showed the two merry and happy young men, wandered all around the world. Christoph’s mother was standing in front of the club and was giving an interview not knowing whether her son was still alive. Instead of marrying, Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Leinonen were buried by their mourning parents.
Some weeks ago the 17 years old Itaberli Lozano was killed by his own mother Tatiana Lozano Periera because he was gay. His burned remains could be identified by a bracelet he had worn. In 2016 Shira Banki died after an attack of an insane Jew. The girl only wanted to celebrate with her friends at the Gay Pride in Tel Aviv and fell victim to the hate of the ultra-orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed her in the back with a knife. The list of victims of religious and right-wing insanity is too long to list every name here.
In Israel the chief rabbi Schlomo Amar refers to the death sentence for homosexuals, in a lot of Islamic states homosexuals are prosecuted and killed and in Germany Catholic representatives, for example Bishop Algermissen, but also some Evangelicals, concerned parents and the AFD fight against the rights of queer people. Even in Germany, where there haven’t been any fatalities so far, queer teenagers, party-goers and persons, who are mistaken as gays or lesbians, are attacked and badly hurt.
We want to use this gruesome crime of the attacker as a motive for the painting of one façade of the Federal Office for Magical Creatures to oppose those, who discriminate gay and lesbian people because of their own religious and their right-wing mentality and who see violence and discrimination as a legitimate tool against those who celebrate peacefully.
In the style of baroque paintings a picture will be painted on one façade of the Federal Office’s building, which should be seen as a sign against religious hatred and intolerance. Under the symbol of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a symbol against religious delusions and bigotry of Christian, Jewish and Islamic origin, two fantasy characters will be shown in a loving posture and the two will have the facial features of Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Leinonen. We also want the faces of other victims like Shira Banki or Itaberli Lozanoto to be incorporated.
Grovelling to both of the young men you will find faces of those demonic livelihoods who try to divide our society, who preach hatred and agitation and who want to live out their national world view or their religious delusions at the expense of an open society.
In Germany a discussion culture, called agitation and insulting culture, dominates which is initiated by right-wing circles. At the expense of minorities a policy is done which uses populist vocabulary and rightfully called dubious national thinking and which sees the fomenting of hatred as socially acceptable. But this is only a brown minority, the majority of Germans rejects that. We want to offer the silent majority the chance to oppose those hate preachers and started this project.
The façade of the Federal Office, which is coated with zinc sheet, is going to be renovated. After removing the zinc sheet plaster will be applied which will be permanent and able to absorb the picture, by which we want to take position against hatred from right-wing and religious circles. The illustrator Slipped Dee is working on the drafts we want to present at Leipzig Book Fair.
Mit Ihrer Unterstützung zeigen Sie Flagge für eine offene Gesellschaft, für eine vielfältige Gesellschaft, die sich nicht von vermeintlichen Alternativen beeinflussen läßt.
The plug-in which was supposed to handle the crowd-funding on our website conflicted with other elements of the website and caused an irreparable damage to the installation. The website had to be reinstalled completely, copying article-by-article and picture-by-picture laboriously. We definitely continue our project. Whoever wants to support the project can do that by buying our products in our shop. Especially the illustrations drawn by mandelbrot for our urban fantasy novel Bad Blood of the Vampires are available on large-size prints in A3 and A4 as a gift for the donors.
Update 2 – And the winner is: Beatrix von Storch
There has been space between bishop Laun, caliph Al Bagdadi and Yishai Shlissl in the gallery of homophobic murderers, agitators and intellectual instigators. The readers of Queer.de had the chance to decide which politicians face would fit best between the creatures of horror.
The readers of Queer.de voted for Beatrix von Storch with an impressive majority and unreachable right from the beginning. The results of the other candidates can be viewed here: Results.
Update 3 – Invitation
Ulrich Kelber, MdB, state secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection is going to hand over the façade to the public on the 21st September.