WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO BLASPHEME AGAINST ISLAM

WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO BLASPHEME AGAINST ISLAM
The Saatchi Gallery’s covering up of two ‘Islamophobic’ paintings is an outrage.
Even more strikingly, the Saatchi collection then [1997] included ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ by Chris Ofili, which is an Africanised painting of the mother of Christ that rests on two big slabs of elephant dung. It caused a storm in London in 1997 and even more so when it was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999. Rudy Giuliani, then New York mayor, threatened to shut down the museum over the ‘offensive’ Ofili work. Christian organisations said the painting should be removed because it is ‘offensive to religious viewers’. The museum refused to remove it. Saatchi’s people didn’t suggest covering it up. Nor did they talk up ‘the sincerity of the complaints’. Which raises a big and awkward question: why is it okay for the edgy art world to ‘insult’ a Christian icon but not to ‘blaspheme’ against Islam?   Brendan O’Neill   

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/05/06/we-must-have-the-right-to-blaspheme-against-islam/

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