I wish Prince Charles would just convert to Islam publically, so he can get on with living out his “Lawrence of Arabia” fantasy.
>> He said that it was a musical performance rather than a “liturgical act of worship”. <<
Duh! But cathedrals aren’t concert halls and shouldn’t be used for profane music.
I was appalled when I read about this. John Taverner was a Protestant who became Orthodox some years ago, and many of his compositions show the influence of Orthodox church music. However, he seems to have left the Orthodox Church and is now a Muslim or possibly Sufi (a Muslim sect that most Muslims consider heretical, but that is very popular among English intellectuals).
It’s disgusting that the Cathedral would let this piece be performed there. I know it’s not a service, but they can’t possibly innocently proclaim that just because it’s a concert, it “doesn’t count.” Would they let neo-Nazis rent the Cathedral to do German Nazi music, and still assert that it didn’t count?
Frieze depicts Muhammad among the eighteen 'lawgivers' on wall above the US Supreme Court Justices' Bench.
Right, and kiddie porn is art, not a felony. No place for Islam or Allah in a Catholic setting, period.
I am a musician. I have played a piece by Karl Jenkins called “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.” The first time I played it was in a concert hall setting, so the impression of the juxtaposition of the traditional mass with the Islamic call to prayer, among other cultural elements was interesting.
The second time I played it was 9/11 in a Catholic basillica. It was completely different! Having the Islamic call to prayer chanted from where Holy Scripture is usually read was the most sacreligious thing I had ever seen in a church. It was no longer a work of art, it was a religious statement because of where it was performed.
I pray that God give those protesting this work in England strength and lots of publicity.
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God bless those who are planning to protest!
I wonder what the Queen thinks of Wales commissioning this work.
We'll see if she's amused or not.
I know you folks are more educated on Catholicism than I but this doesn’t pass the smell test to me...