Monday, September 3, 2007

Bin Laden as Jesus and Mary in A Burqa

Two works of art [?] in an exhibition at The National Art School in Sydney have offended quite a few Australians. The exhibit contains an image of Osama bin Laden in a Christ-like pose, and Mary wearing a burqa. Even Australian Prime Minister John Howard voiced his displeasure, "The choice of such artwork is gratuitously offensive to the religious beliefs of many Australians”.

The Kabul Times has condemned a drawing depicting Mohammed as a dog, calling for the imprisonment of the editors of the Swedish newspaper that printed the drawing. The sketch was used to illustrate an article on the freedom of expression. Two years ago a Danish newspaper outraged Muslims world wide when it published a series of cartoons featuring Mohammed.

In November 2004 Dutch film director Theo van Gogh was attacked and murdered on the street in Amsterdam by a vengeance seeking Muslim man of Dutch and Moroccan descent. Dutch TV had shown a film by van Gogh that portrayed violence against women in Islamic societies. Van Gogh had received numerous death threats before he was stabbed and shot to death while riding a bicycle.

The artists of the offensive works in Sydney have received no death threats.

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