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RAMIREZ SAIZ, Juan Manuel  and  DE LA TORRE CASTELLANOS, Renée. Respect of Religious Belifs and the Freedom of Artistic Expression: The Case of the "Patron Saint" in Guadalajara. Espiral (Guadalaj.) [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.44, pp.199-251. ISSN 1665-0565.

The article analyzes the conflict and debate that emerged in Guadalajara, due to an exhibit of drawings, in which freedom of artistic expression and the respect for religious beliefs came into conflict. This case study operates as analyzer of the intolerant features of the local society. The issue is framed in the recent conservative history of this city. It takes into account the statements and practices made by the actors (conservative as well as liberal and progressive actors) who were involved directly in the controversy; and in addition, the stands adopted on the matter other actors (politicians, religious and social officials) during a panel organized after the incident. The religious intolerance exerted did not only imply a denial of the artist's right to free expression (censorship), but also even the destruction of the means of expression (the drawing). It was not possible to achieve a peaceful negotiation around the conflict between two kinds of rights in order to make them compatible.

Keywords : tolerancia; intolerancia; libertad de expresión; creencias religiosas.

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