The Observer reports that the Tate Gallery has chickened out of displaying a work which consists of a sheet of thick glass with copies of the Koran, the Bible, and the Torah embedded within its surface. The work is entitled “God is Great”.
Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain, made the decision “in the light of events in London in July”:
It was a very difficult decision,but we made it due to the exceptional circumstances of this summer and in the light of opinions that we value regarding religious sensitivities.
There were no protests from any religious group. The decision was the gallery’s alone.
Iqbal Sacranie, secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, understands:
if the art gallery itself felt the display of the divine and holy books in such a manner would be deeply offensive to the believers of the three religions and therefore withdrew it, then I respect their decision.
(Thanks to Adam Tjaavk)