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Muhammad's image is far from a rarity
News Sentinel ^ | Feb. 09, 2006 | Andrew Maykuth

Posted on 02/09/2006 9:51:34 AM PST by Ben Mugged

When the U.S. Supreme Court convenes in Washington, the justices sit in their grand courtroom beneath a carved marble frieze depicting 18 great lawgivers from the ages.

On the south wall are the ancients - Confucius, Octavian, and Moses holding the Ten Commandments. And on the north wall, along with Justice John Marshall and Napoleon Bonaparte, standing between Charlemagne and Justinian, is Muhammad, cradling a sword and a copy of the Holy Koran.

In the furor caused by the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, many stories have circulated about Islam's prohibitions about artistic depictions of the prophet, or any human figures.

But Muhammad's image is portrayed far more widely than many believe, and not just in the West, in the highest court in America, where his likeness was chiseled in stone about 70 years ago.

In Iran, images of Muhammad are widely circulated among the predominantly Shiite population. The 1994 book Arab Comic Strips shows a modern cartoon image of an infant Muhammad in the arms of his nurse, though his face is obscured in a brilliant halo.

In the 15 centuries since Muhammad lived, Islamic artists have portrayed the prophet heroically in paintings now on display in such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Nor does there appear to be any uniform prohibition against portraying the human figure in Islam. "Right from the beginning of Islamic history, and in a number of periods since, paintings of figures on walls and in art have been practiced in Islam," said Renata Holod, curator of the University of Pennsylvania Museum's Islamic art collection.

(Excerpt) Read more at fortwayne.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buddha; cartoons; india; iran; islaam; islam; israel; mohammadohammed; muhammad; muslim; religionofpeace
The current excuse to riot and kill is a non-starter.
1 posted on 02/09/2006 9:51:36 AM PST by Ben Mugged
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To: Ben Mugged
I'm betting Justice Ginsburg sits beneath the sculpture of Mohamed.
2 posted on 02/09/2006 9:54:56 AM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: Ben Mugged
The Belmont Club has a good commentary today on how the image prohibition came to be in Islam. has nothing to do with the Koran.

http://fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com/

3 posted on 02/09/2006 9:55:54 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Ben Mugged
Since images of Mo the pedophile so disturb his flock, I say we remove the offending figure from the frieze. Put up Buddha instead.
4 posted on 02/09/2006 10:04:28 AM PST by El Gato
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To: Ben Mugged

I suggest that Moe Hamad's image be removed from the Supreme Court Bldg - purely out of respect for the delicate sensibilities of his followers, mind you!


5 posted on 02/09/2006 10:08:20 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Ben Mugged; All

6 posted on 02/09/2006 10:08:28 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Ben Mugged

Certainly his image is everywhere. If you've ever seen the south side of a north-bound pig....


7 posted on 02/09/2006 10:11:36 AM PST by mikeus_maximus (You say Islam is violent? I will kill you for that!)
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To: Ben Mugged
The mohammads can't cope with reality, thus the mohammads continue to live in a dream world. When your wife is a goat (I mean a real live goat) how far from reality can one go. I believe this explains most of the mohammads, we are witnessing rioting and killing.
8 posted on 02/09/2006 10:16:37 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: Ben Mugged
The shite is about to hit the fan.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

9 posted on 02/09/2006 10:17:43 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Ben Mugged

If you Google Image "Mohammed" you get all sorts of interesting pictures.


10 posted on 02/09/2006 10:21:19 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: El Gato
The Mad Mo carving on the US Supreme Court building


11 posted on 02/09/2006 10:21:41 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Ben Mugged

did anyone here on today's Rush Limaugh show the commnetary about a blow up doll with a Muslim name?


12 posted on 02/09/2006 10:39:18 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (I am soooo sick of Oprah!!!! Oprah, STFU !)
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To: TonyRo76
I think that's because of some crazy artistic rules.


14 posted on 02/09/2006 10:46:14 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

I want it chiseled away. I am serious.


15 posted on 02/09/2006 10:46:59 AM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: Ben Mugged

I see his image in the bowl every time I relieve myself.


16 posted on 02/09/2006 11:00:20 AM PST by conservative physics
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To: houeto

With this cartoon-offense thingie, you can really have a good shot at getting rid of it. Not at all kidding.


17 posted on 02/09/2006 11:01:20 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: conservative physics

As Mo said "Are you SH*tin' me?"


18 posted on 02/09/2006 11:07:56 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: Ben Mugged

Down with Mohammed, the pedophile!


19 posted on 02/09/2006 11:08:57 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Ben Mugged
The History Channel used to show old painting of muhammad from Persian painters. Now whenever those shows are re aired, the picture has been whited out.

I guess that I missed the memo where the First Amendment got repealed totally.
20 posted on 02/09/2006 11:09:08 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: expatguy
How are things in your next of the woods? Are the Muslim in Indonesia all cranked up about this also?
21 posted on 02/09/2006 11:10:31 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Malesherbes

The double standard or hypocrisy is plain to see.
22 posted on 02/09/2006 11:14:15 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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