Description This poster displays a quote by Gandhi; 'God has no religion.' Many find this quote controversial. Gandhi was not suggesting that religion itself is to be condemned or obliterated. He clearly stated, 'I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.' Does God choose favorites? Many religionists choose to believe so. Do you really think God prefers the NY Yankees over the Tampa Bay, Rays? The popular belief that the atrocities of the world were the consequence of organized religion fuels the zealot atheists. I believe in respecting the right to believe or to not believe. And, though I respect atheists, they too can act like self-righteous bible thumping missionaries - trying to convert everyone to their way of thinking. The atrocities of humankind against humankind has never needed a religious excuse; any excuse will do for those who suffer from hatred, bigotry, greed, and various forms of fear-based psychic maladjustments. Banning people because of their religious conviction or their national origin from our communities does not create harmony in our world. To the contrary, it only creates more violence. Yes, in the name of organized religion, pedafilia and avarice has plagued our world. However, It also affects our universities and our governments. No institution is exempt. Gandhi summed up this issue quite well when he stated, 'As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.' Peace! -Spadecaller
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries.
About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
- Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)
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