">Name: "Midsummer Dance"
Artist: Hannu Salama|
Confronting Bodies: Martti Simojoki (archbishop of Finland), Kokoomus (the conservative National Coalition Party), and various theologians
Date of Action: 1965
Specific Location: Finland
Description of Artwork: "Midsummer Dance" is not a religious novel. However, the controversy comes in when one of the characters breifly insults Christ and questions his sexuality. This passage is 39 lines long and the other characters in the book have mixed reactions in response to it.
In 1965, a case was brought up against Salama. He became impatient with the trial and wrote a letter to the judge claiming that the passage was indeed meant to hurt religious feelings. He explained he wanted to "force the system to carry out its task unveiled, revealed all its narrow mindedness, its hate and its backwardness."
Soon afterward, the Blasphemy Act, which Salama was punished under, was repealed in Finland.
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