Camille Paglia has an interview posted on Salon July 29, 2015
First, politics is not performance art. The State is the organization that claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Politics is the process that decides how, when, by whom, and against whom the State shall use force. To the extent that politics has become performance art, it has become corrupted and is not working as it should. The more beautiful the performance art that politicians do, wth worse the corruption has become.
Second, Religion is not art. The general form of religion, by which I mean all religions, all over the planet, throughout history, is that some human being stands up and says "I am the local representative of the Divine. Do as I say (and give me money) and the Divine will reward you. Don't obey me and the Divine will penalize you, somehow, sooner or later." This is a scam. This is a swindle. A spectacularly arrogant and presumptuous swindle, to claim to speak for the Divine. Just as the State is organized force, Religion is organized fraud. Religion does NOT deserve respect, deep or otherwise. The more beautiful the art that religion produces, the more effective a swindle it becomes.