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Woman Artist Gets Death Threats Over Gay Muslim Photos (Homosexuals Wearing Muhammad Masks)
Times Online ^ | January 6, 2008 | Matthew Campbell

Posted on 01/06/2008 8:47:14 AM PST by DogByte6RER

Woman artist gets death threats over gay Muslim photos

Matthew Campbell

THE Dutch were debating the limits of freedom of expression last week after an artist who photographed gay men wearing masks of the prophet Muhammad was forced into hiding and her work removed from a museum exhibit.

Speaking on the telephone from an unspecified location in the Netherlands last week, the artist, an Iranian exile who goes by the pseudonym of Sooreh Hera, said she had been threatened with “execution”. She accused the director of the municipal museum in The Hague of cowardice for caving in to Muslim extremists.

Her story is a reminder of the tensions that have put the Netherlands and other European countries on the front line, sending dozens of people threatened by extremists into hiding since 2004, when a Dutch film-maker was murdered on the street and his collaborator driven into exile.

This leaves Hera, 34, in no doubt that she is in real danger. “They said to me, ‘We’re going to burn you naked or put a bullet in your mouth’,” she said, referring to menacing e-mails.

“They say, ‘Now you are locked in your home and you cannot go out any more’.”

She said that by photographing gay Iranian exiles in masks of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and Ali, his son-in-law, she had wanted to expose a “hypocritical” attitude towards homosexuality in countries such as Iran, where men can be hanged for homosexual conduct.

“They condemn homosexuality but in countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia it is common for married men to maintain relations with other men,” said Hera. “Works of art can be provocative. It is not an artist’s job just to paint flowers. Art should shine a light on social issues.”

The photographs were part of an extensive collection of images by Hera of mostly Dutch gay men. Another part of her exhibit was a video featuring hard rock music and images of Iranian clerics interspersed with pictures of naked men.

Wim van Krimpen, director of the museum, initially praised Hera’s collection of photographs as “exceptional”. Last month, however, he announced that the masked men could not be included in the forthcoming exhibition because “certain people in our society might perceive it as offensive”.

This was no understatement. When a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Muhammad in 2005 it unleashed what the prime minister referred to as the country’s biggest international crisis since the second world war as Muslims staged violent protests.

“The museum director was very afraid,” said Hera. “He gave in to pressure from the Islamists. It is censorship.” In protest, she withdrew the rest of her photographs from the exhibition and Ranti Tjan, director of a museum in Gouda, agreed to put them on show. He received threats from extremists and was under police protection last week. Hera declined to discuss her own security arrangements.

She said she would like to attend the opening of the show in Gouda if it went ahead, but that it might be too dangerous. “There are times when I am very afraid,” she admitted, “times when I feel like a prisoner.”

The affair has highlighted deep divisions among Europeans over how to deal with the Islamic extrem-ism since the murder of Theo van Gogh over a film that criticised Islam’s treatment of women.

A note attached to his body with a knife threatened other people, including Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born former Dutch politician and his collaborator. She fled to America, accusing the Dutch of “appeasement” of extremists. She has since returned to the Netherlands and is said to be working on a film about the repression of gays in Islamic societies.

She may not get much support from the politicians, who seem determined to avoid confrontation even if some might accuse them of turning a blind eye to the erosion of artistic freedom. When Hera wrote to Ronald Plasterk, the culture minister, asking for his support he agreed to meet her but would not help to reinstate her photographs in the exhibition.

Wouter Bos, the deputy prime minister, seemed to take a stand for freedom of speech, saying: “In a democracy, we do not recognise the right not to be insulted.” The left wing de Volkskrant newspaper, by contrast, praised the museum for its “great professionalism” in excising the images.

For her part, Hera, who fled Iran seven years ago, says she has “no regrets”, particularly when she thinks about the young men and women being hanged there for offending the country’s code of sexuality. “I do it for them,” she said, “for the boys and girls with no freedom in Iran.”


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KEYWORDS: art; avantgarde; blasphemy; cultofdeath; danishcartoons; fatwa; freespeech; gaymuslims; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; inthecloset; iran; islam; islamofascism; muhammadsminions; multicult; muslims; netherlands; pc; photos; religionofpeace; rop; sharia
Strange news report, but not surprising. This is where homosexuality and Islamofascism meet. Maybe the Islamofacsists are just pissed that their little secret is out...haha.

Maybe the Iranian artist should have just posed a bunch of muslim men named Muhammad dressed up as homosexuals? Oh wait...it would BE the SAME thing!

This news report is just a reminder why Islam is "The Religion of Peace."

1 posted on 01/06/2008 8:47:17 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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The pics are quite weird and tasteless, so I will not post them directly on this thread.

But, you see see a few of the pics at this blog:

http://sugiero.blogspot.com/2007/12/sooreh-hera-depicts-muhammed-as.html


2 posted on 01/06/2008 8:48:35 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

3 posted on 01/06/2008 8:48:57 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m puzzled by how an observer would know, first, that the people in the photo were homosexual, and second, that the masks represented the “prophet” Mohammed. Were the pictures captioned in Farsi?


4 posted on 01/06/2008 8:49:35 AM PST by Tax-chick ("The keys to life are running and reading." ~ Will Smith)
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To: DogByte6RER

Those faces are depictions of the Imam Ali... or Imam Hussein as commonly depicted by Shias. I’m pretty sure that’s not the Big Moe.


5 posted on 01/06/2008 8:51:56 AM PST by SolidWood (Al Gore: "I have never heard of this, but I think it is a very good idea,")
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To: DogByte6RER
"debating the limits of freedom of expression"

Why is it the liberal cowards in the West want to find limits in free expression but only when it comes to Islam?

6 posted on 01/06/2008 8:52:20 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Tax-chick

look my post before. Those are the common depictions of the Shia imams. Prints of those plaster the streets of Iran and other Shia places.


7 posted on 01/06/2008 8:53:15 AM PST by SolidWood (Al Gore: "I have never heard of this, but I think it is a very good idea,")
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To: SolidWood

Thanks for the additional information. And I suppose the situation in which the two men are pictures suggests homosexuality, no matter what the models actually do in real life.


8 posted on 01/06/2008 8:54:59 AM PST by Tax-chick ("The keys to life are running and reading." ~ Will Smith)
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To: DogByte6RER

Not that I’m taking sides with the Muslims, but are pictures of gay men wearing any kind of mask actually art?


9 posted on 01/06/2008 8:56:52 AM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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More about the artist Sooreh Hera at:

http://soorehhera.com/


10 posted on 01/06/2008 8:57:36 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Irrational muzzie ping. Send them some Sudanese Mo bears and an insecurity blanky...these news stories are becoming all too frequent and really getting on my nerves.


11 posted on 01/06/2008 8:59:16 AM PST by Karliner ("Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. DDE)
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To: DogByte6RER
"She accused the director of the municipal museum in The Hague of cowardice for caving in to Muslim extremists."

And she is correct. Pulling the exhibit after the threats doesn't remove the threat to this woman.

12 posted on 01/06/2008 8:59:35 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: Tax-chick
I’m puzzled by how an observer would know, first, that the people in the photo were homosexual...

I didn’t follow the link but I assume that many of the photos have “behavioral clues.”

13 posted on 01/06/2008 9:00:18 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: DogByte6RER
.....her work removed from a museum exhibit.

I suspect if the fags in her photos were wearing Jesus masks the museum would make her work the centerpiece of its exhibit.

14 posted on 01/06/2008 9:01:55 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: DogByte6RER
Hmmm... so she fashions herself as some sort of Dutch Maplethorpe...

While I admire her moxie, Maplethorpe at least had talent (subjet matter aside).

15 posted on 01/06/2008 9:02:05 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: MissEdie

Not that I’m taking sides with the Muslims, but are pictures of gay men wearing any kind of mask actually art?


No more than a Crucifix in a jar of urine. But at least nobody lost their head over THAT!


16 posted on 01/06/2008 9:03:48 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: DogByte6RER
Take a look at the weird video too!

http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/33434/98ff6c9b/allah_ho_gaybar.html

17 posted on 01/06/2008 9:03:51 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: MissEdie
"Not that I’m taking sides with the Muslims, but are pictures of gay men wearing any kind of mask actually art?"

Is a Crucifix in a jar of piss, art? Is a painting of the Virgin Mary splattered with sh*t, art? You tell me. Then tell me why ragheads complaints about what offends them are addressed immediately while Christians are blown off with the claim what THEY object to is art and as such protected by free speech.

18 posted on 01/06/2008 9:05:07 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: Tax-chick

mohammed was a very white guy.


19 posted on 01/06/2008 9:07:03 AM PST by loulou
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To: DogByte6RER
Among other notes on Islam on my FR homepage:

On Islamic Paradise

From the Qu'ran, Chapter 52, "The Mounting"
Lo! those who kept their duty dwell in gardens and delight,
Happy because of what their Lord hath given them, and (because) their Lord hath warded off from them the torment of hell-fire.
(And it is said unto them): Eat and drink in health (as a reward) for what ye used to do,
They will recline (with ease) on Thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and We shall join them to Companions, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.
... Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded.
They will advance to each other, engaging in mutual enquiry.
[I'm guessing that all needs and desires will be satisfied, one way or another]
]

20 posted on 01/06/2008 9:11:03 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty)
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To: nmh

lol

Islam IS GAY.

haha


21 posted on 01/06/2008 9:11:05 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Just like the brother of the slain sisters in Texas said, it was not a killing to do with Islam. Cause Islam is a religion of peace... right? Maybe he was offended by all that Christmas, I’m sure it was the Christians fault.


22 posted on 01/06/2008 9:18:51 AM PST by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: MissEdie

Only if you’re using art as a flashlight to shine the BS light. I like to think of art in the modern era akin to the kings clothes. People don’t get any of it they just say they do. Now its sinking to the level of potty humor.


23 posted on 01/06/2008 9:22:03 AM PST by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: DogByte6RER

24 posted on 01/06/2008 9:31:05 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: DogByte6RER

Since typical ways of exhibiting or publishing can be threatened, perhaps they need to go “underground”, by doing such things as printing fliers and publishing ‘zines.

And since the government is ambivalent, they can use that to their advantage, slandering the extremist leaders. For example, what would their followers think if there were grainy b&w pictures of their extremist mullah Photoshopped onto gay porn? Hundreds of such pictures, spread all over the Muslim streets, would drive them crazy.

Such extremists rely on the ignorance of their followers, and try to keep them ignorant. By flaunting them, it is shown that they are powerless.

A few pages of print could claim that Muslims are leaving their religion in great numbers, even giving them directions on how to escape; that their leaders are closet Satanists, or agents of Israel, etc. There is no limit to the credulity of the ignorant.

Their inability to stop it or kill those that make it, would undermine their authority terribly.


25 posted on 01/06/2008 9:34:45 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: aroundabout

Maybe the next time something that is so offensive to Christians is passed off as Art we need to be more vocal in our protests.


26 posted on 01/06/2008 9:49:23 AM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: DogByte6RER

San Francisco should invite all C.A.I.R members to its annual Folsom Street Fair!


27 posted on 01/06/2008 9:54:35 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: MissEdie

It won’t matter because they know Christians won’t kill artists over the disrespect shown them.

What may change this is if there is a strong perception that Christian are a solid force within th electorate with the power to elect and defeat candidates across the political spectrum. At that point the politicians will sit up and take notice when we speak out because as politicians they really only care about getting elected and re elected


28 posted on 01/06/2008 9:59:54 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow, that’s going to create up a storm.


29 posted on 01/06/2008 10:02:04 AM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: DogByte6RER


Oooh! Oooh!! Oooh! Oooh!! Mr. Muslim! Kill me!! KILL ME!!

30 posted on 01/06/2008 10:03:44 AM PST by Reaganesque (Charter Member of the Romney FR Resistance)
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To: martin_fierro

Mohammad 1: This town sucks, there's no nine-year-old girls to marry.

Mohammad 2: Yeah, lousy town....Hey, let's be homosexual.

31 posted on 01/06/2008 10:11:46 AM PST by Dagnabitt ( McCain-Kennedy: Amnesty for Illegals, Contempt for Americans.)
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To: Dagnabitt

They can’t be gay. Their interior decorating sucks.


32 posted on 01/06/2008 10:18:50 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

One time in America you would go for years and never see the word (Muslim) since 9/11 you can not go one day without a crazy muslim being in the headline, either in America some other very unlucky country


33 posted on 01/06/2008 10:21:17 AM PST by Mojohemi
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To: DogByte6RER

...so am I supposed to be upset that there is an attack on “artistic freedom”? Or that these people are ignoring their “responsibilities of free speech”?

I’m getting confused...


34 posted on 01/06/2008 10:22:49 AM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: RepoGirl
Maplethorpe at least had talent (subject matter aside).

Ditto. Did you know Mapplethorpe voted for GHWB in 1988?
35 posted on 01/06/2008 10:26:20 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: DogByte6RER

These no-talent ‘artists’ try to substitute controversy for greatness. This one hit the controversy mother lode by attacking the big Mo.


36 posted on 01/06/2008 10:40:33 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: aroundabout

Christians are obligated by love to tell the pagan their work offends God, because God is the avenger, not the Christian.


37 posted on 01/06/2008 11:19:30 AM PST by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

He did? I never would have figured that in a million years.


38 posted on 01/06/2008 12:31:22 PM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: RepoGirl

He sure did. Saw it in a Rolling Stone article on the whole controversy. Go figure!


39 posted on 01/07/2008 4:18:28 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Awesome! Apparently, he was absolutely REVILED by the gay community back then (and I guess there’s still some lingering resentment, even though he’s one of their icons). Hehehehe, mavericks always intrigue me.


40 posted on 01/07/2008 5:30:52 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: RepoGirl
mavericks always intrigue me

Same here. Of course, it comes naturally - I was a diehard Reaganite in the punk music community in the early 80s. Talk about interesting times!
41 posted on 01/07/2008 5:45:11 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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