Painting of lady with pig provokes “disgust”
The Telegraph’s Mandrake reports on a golden opportunity for pious posturing seized upon by the Muslim Association of Britain. Upcoming artist Sarah Maple has an exhibition at the Salon Gallery which contains a painting of a woman in a veil carrying a piglet!
Naturally, vice-president of the MAB Mokhtar Badri is outraged, and plans to lead a group of protestors to the gallery to demand that the filthy painting be taken down.
Although we condemn violence, Muslims have a right to express their disgust at this work [...] An artist has the right to free speech and to express him or herself, but people also have the right to protest. She clearly wants to provoke a strong reaction from Muslims and that is what she will get.
Well, yes, you do have a right to protest Mokhtar – but you are not really in a position to make any demands. And you ought to think of the impression you are creating.
Muslims believe that all of God’s creatures should be treated with respect, but we are taught to keep our distance from pigs because they are unclean. That is why this picture is so offensive to us.
Eh? It’s not a real pig, it’s painting of a pig. It’s not a real woman, it’s a painting of a woman.
As a service to Mr Badri, here is a quick lesson on getting things in perspective:
UPDATE: (Nov 25) To be fair to Mokhtar Badri, he has denied saying “She clearly wants to provoke a strong reaction from Muslims and that is what she will get.” He claims that the Telegraph’s Mandrake misquoted him.