Relatedly, Tim Blair points out an interesting contrast:
Here’s the New York Times in 1999 defending the display of Piss Christ:
A museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time.
And here’s the New York Times last week condemning the anti-Muslim film, “Innocence of Muslims”:
Whoever made the film did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths.