Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Anti-war Christmas tree censored

Christmas tree just too violent for charity
MICHELLE COLLINS From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

A charity auction of artist-decorated Christmas trees stirred some unexpected controversy on the weekend after organizers rejected one tree that featured graphic photographs of Iraq war casualties. The war-themed Christmas tree, festooned with poppies and images of civilian casualties, of injured American soldiers and of prisoners -- and surrounded by toy soldiers -- was created by Toronto artist Asma Mahmood. She had been invited to produce one of 12 trees that were to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the United Way at Artists Walk, a co-op of galleries in Burlington.

Ms. Mahmood's tree, entitled Merry Christmas from Mesopotamia: Lest We Forget, also featured 50 greeting cards with the verse "So this is Christmas" and 50 with the verse "And what have you done?"

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