Philippines shuts art show deemed offensive

Officials in the Philippines have shut down an art exhibition deemed offensive for combining Christian symbols with phallic objects.

The show launched in June has prompted threats and hate mail against the artists and the state-run Cultural Center of the Philippines, and been condemned by politicians and Roman Catholic church leaders.

President Benigno Aquino II criticized the show as offensive to the 85 percent of Filipinos who are Christian like him.

Critics vandalized an installation by removing a wooden penis from a poster depicting Jesus Christ. Another sculpture portrays Christ as Mickey Mouse.

The center closed the show Tuesday after former first lady and art patron Imelda Marcos joined in the denunciations.