7 Lawmakers Demand Brooklyn Museum Pull Controversial Crucifix Piece

They call it "Christianity-bashing.''

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 1:04 PM EDT
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A video entitled "Fire in My Belly" by the late multimedia artist David Wojnarowicz was part of the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" show until it was pulled after the Catholic League and members of Congress complained that the piece was sacrilegious due to a sequence showing ants crawling on a statue of Christ.

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Seven lawmakers are asking the Brooklyn Museum not to show a film depicting ants crawling on a crucifix.     

Their letter to museum Director Arnold Lehman objects to a work called "A Fire in My Belly'' by the late David Wojnarowicz

They call it "Christianity-bashing.''     

It's among 100 pieces in a show that opens Friday. Its title is: "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.''     

The exhibition explores gender and sexual identity in American art.    

The film was pulled from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., when the exhibition was shown there last year.     

The letter is signed by Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and six other borough lawmakers.     

The museum said it encourages anyone with concerns about the work to view it in person. 

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