As Europe becomes more and more Islamisized (if that’s a word) some thought had better be given to the art that is one of the legacies of western civilization. I would think that after a while there will probably be a movement to denounce the statues and paintings by Michelangelo, the religious panel paintings of Giotto, Vermeer etc, particularly as Europe elects more muslims to its respective governments. The early art of western civilization will be looked upon as corruption much as the taliban looked upon then destroyed the statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Tolerance is not in the makeup of the mohammedans.
We in the U S of A will have to dump our Spanish-speaking illegals to make room for all the European refugees of the VERY NEAR future. A choice will have to be made, and I for one choose to preserve our European heritage over a bunch of trespassers.
I dunno if it will even be possible to save Europe’s art treasures. Paintings, maybe—but not anything that isn’t VEERY portable.
Here’s an experiment I’d like to see. Take 100 liberals at random. Tell them that Christians have been protesting nudity and sexuality in great works of art and have been demanding that they be hidden from public view. Then, tell another 100 liberals that Muslims are offended by the same art works.
My guess is that there would be a different reaction each time. The libs would be adamant that the Christians had no right to object to art, and they’d denounce the “Bible thumpers” for their intolerance. But you’d get a different reaction regarding the Muslims. Some libs would support the art, but they’d be careful to not offend the Muslims. There’d be no talk of intolerant “Koran thumpers”. They’d express hope that our Muslim friends would eventually understand our ideas of art and call the whole dispute an unfortunate misunderstanding. Other libs, though, would likely support banning the art, or at least creating special secluded areas in museums where people can only view such art by making a deliberate effort, so as to protect the Muslims from inadvertently being “shocked” by it during a casual visit to the art gallery.
Here’s a great website that keeps up with news on the Islamic tide in Europe:
I think you’re right about that. To the Islamists that art represents the degeneracy and “idolatry” of Western Judeo-Christian civilization. It’s interesting to me from an historical perspective that the Greek, or Byzantine, branch of Christianity experienced the Iconoclastic controversy. This raged for over a century and wasn’t resolved until 843 A.D. The iconoclasts were Christians who were opposed to religious images (”icons”) or portraits of Christ, the apostles, saints or other such images. There was considerable destruction of Christian art during this controversy. There were many reasons for this heresy but one was the desire of the Byzantine emperors to secure the loyalty, or at least reduce the hostility, of their Muslim subjects. St. John of Damascus and others and the Seventh Ecumenical Council decided that such wanton destruction was imimical to Christian faith. Remember the infamous “cartoon” response of the Islamists? This rage still exists within Islam. And, I think it’s even more exacrebated because such is PART OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN doctrine. So the Muslimns are not only defending their own religious views but waging jihad against their heretical enemies - Christians.