Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

U.S. Supreme Court depicts Muhammad
WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/7/06 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 02/07/2006 6:07:59 PM PST by wagglebee

 


Frieze depicts Muhammad among 18 "lawgivers" on wall above Supreme Court justices' bench
While Muslims engaged in violent protests worldwide over caricatures of Muhammad have insisted any image of their prophet is considered blasphemous, a prominent frieze in the U.S. Supreme Court portrays the Islamic leader wielding a sword.

The stone sculptures of 18 lawgivers, from Hammurabi to John Marshall, are meant to signify the law's foundation in a stable society. Included is Moses with the Ten Commandments.

The artwork, which is high above the justice's mahogany bench, was designed by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman for the building, which opened in the 1930s. Muhammad is between Charlemagne and Justinian.

The Muslim cartoon controversy erupted in violence a week ago over satirical drawings of Muhammad published in September by Denmark's Jyllands-Posten. The paper said it wanted to make a point about media self-censoring criticisms of Islamic terrorism.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical British Muslim cleric, told BBC Radio 4 yesterday the cartoonists should be tried and executed under Islamic law.

In 1997, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, protested the Supreme Court's Muhammad sculpture, saying, according to its annual report for that year, "While appreciating the fact that Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was included in the court's pantheon of 18 prominent lawgivers of history, CAIR noted that Islam discouraged its followers from portraying any prophet in paintings, sculptures or other artistic representations."

CAIR also said it was concerned that Muhammad "was shown with the Quran, Islam's Holy Book, in one hand and a sword in the other, reinforcing long-held stereotypes of Muslims as intolerant conquerors."

Responding to the complaint, then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist told CAIR the image could not be changed and explained that swords also were used throughout the court's architecture as symbols of justice.

"Altering the depiction of Muhammad would impair the artistic integrity of the whole," Rehnquist wrote. "Additionally, it is unlawful (under the U. S. Code) to remove or in any way injure an architectural feature in the Supreme Court."

But the federal government revised tourist literature at the court to show more respect for Islamic beliefs. Text that called Muhammad the "founder" of Islam was changed to say Muslims believe ''the divine word of God ... was revealed to Muhammad.''

The literature also added, "The figure is a well-intentioned attempt by the sculptor to honor Muhammad, and it bears no resemblance to Muhammad. Muslims generally have a strong aversion to sculptured or pictured representations of their Prophet."

The Muhammad cartoons at the center of the current controversy have been reprinted in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Jordan, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

In response, protesters in Turkey marched outside the Danish consulate, terror groups in the West Bank threatened Danish and European interests, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – an offshoot of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party – briefly kidnapped a German and thousands of Muslim demonstrators in Beirut clashed with police Sunday, storming the city's Danish consulate and setting it ablaze. A nearby Maronite Catholic church also was attacked, prompting fears the protests could turn into a sectarian clash.

Saturday in Damascus, the evacuated Danish and Norwegian embassies were burned during protests that also damaged the Swedish embassy. Rioters reportedly tried to storm the city's French mission but were held off by police.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: art; cair; cartoons; cartoonwars; muhammad; muhammadcartoons; northfrieze; scotus; supremecourt; supremecourtbuilding
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-26 next last
I for one would be in favor of sandblasting away the original jihadist's image and replacing it with just about anything.
1 posted on 02/07/2006 6:08:02 PM PST by wagglebee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Jihad, Jihad!!! Durka, durka, durka!!!!!


2 posted on 02/07/2006 6:10:21 PM PST by frankjr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

I would think then that it would be unconstitutional to erase Muhammed's image from the Supreme Court. Afterall, that's what the Muslims want them to do, and it would therefore be a violation of the separation of mosque and state to do what the Muslims want.


3 posted on 02/07/2006 6:12:02 PM PST by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Notice Muhammad has a sword? Just a telling detail.
4 posted on 02/07/2006 6:14:11 PM PST by JAWs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
I for one would be in favor of sandblasting away the original jihadist's image and replacing it with just about anything.

How about we just draw a pair of horns on him?

5 posted on 02/07/2006 6:15:25 PM PST by bikepacker67
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant

How about we paint a bullseye on him?


6 posted on 02/07/2006 6:18:27 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant

Leave it up there. At least it will serve to prove that we're not like those Taliban idiots that blew up those ancient Buddhist statues.

I was playing around with anagrams today and came up with this one:

"Islam is the religion of peace" anagrams to "I implore! He is escalating foe!"


7 posted on 02/07/2006 6:19:07 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JAWs

A very telling detail. Since when to lawyers need swords?


8 posted on 02/07/2006 6:19:22 PM PST by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Now that WND has pointed this out, perhaps the terrorists can get on with the business of attacking Americans and burning our embassies. I'm just surprised Farah brought it up before the New York Times or the Washington Post. Thanks Joseph. Our ambassadors salute you, as do all Americans, for helping to increase their chances of being murdered by insane Muslims.


9 posted on 02/07/2006 6:22:57 PM PST by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Salvation

He was a "law imposer" not a lawyer, that puts him in the same league as Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot.


10 posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:04 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Salvation
A very telling detail. Since when to lawyers need swords?

I'm an attorney. Obviously you've never met some of my clients.

11 posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:16 PM PST by JAWs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: JAWs

Of course on right beside him is A Christian emperor with a sword also


12 posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:34 PM PST by bayourant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: bayourant

LOrd Popes had swords led armies to defend the faith. I think its something to celebrate we have him on the Supreme court. It tells what this country is about in alot of ways.


13 posted on 02/07/2006 6:27:17 PM PST by bayourant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Wait till this gets out. Mother of God--we will never hear the end of it.


14 posted on 02/07/2006 6:27:57 PM PST by rbg81
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
CAIR also said it was concerned that Muhammad "was shown with the Quran, Islam's Holy Book, in one hand and a sword in the other, reinforcing long-held stereotypes of Muslims as intolerant conquerors."

The artists thought using the sword rather than a prepubescent girl was in better taste.

15 posted on 02/07/2006 6:28:16 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
...over caricatures of Muhammad have insisted any image of their prophet is considered blasphemous..."


funny how these hypocrites run...biologically, mentally...

Go to Tehran, Damascus...you see pictures of Mohammed EVERYWHERE.

i wish i was 24 again, I'd be enlisting yesterday...
16 posted on 02/07/2006 6:31:56 PM PST by kajingawd (" happy with stone underhead, let Heaven and Earth go about their changes")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

bump


17 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:09 PM PST by lesser_satan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #18 Removed by Moderator

To: Brilliant

They should blast it off with dynamite, just like they did with the swastika atop the Brandenberg Gate in 1945.


19 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:40 PM PST by LibertarianCandidate
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: LibertarianCandidate

I say we replace it with Mr. T.

"I pity the fool who don't obey the law."


20 posted on 02/07/2006 6:37:44 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-26 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson