The ARTS are a universal language, and I am committed to "free speech". The two complement one another in individual expressions of gifting. Free and open government is a needed environment for such development. It is the devleopment of creativity. Religion does not lend itself to liberal expression, as things are labeled as "holy" or defiled, etc.
The Reformation's destruction of many art works is a case in point. Because the Reformers believed in a literal "Thou Shalt Not Make Any Graven Image....", they believed that they had an obligation to destroy works of art that symbolized the transcendent world. How sad.
Science invents new ways of understanding reality which also challenges the religious world, because God isn't seen as the absolute cause.
Both the humanities and science have brought untold advantages and benefit to society. We must continue to protect and advance these areas of knowledge.