Monday, March 23, 2009

"It is Not Forbidden to Think"

"Stop Islam. Islam has to stop killing people by stoning."

Islam & Graphic

An Iranian dissident was asked to remove an art display, "It Is Not Forbidden To Think," which quoted Qu'ran verses. The reason? Within hours of opening the exhibit, two or three females from the "religion of peace" attacked his work. I guess they think it is forbidden to think...

From Islam in Europe:

The exhibition "Det er ikke forbudt å tenke" ("It's not forbidden to think") was assembled at Porsgrunn library yesterday. In a series of 12 graphic images the artist, Ahmed Mashhouri, picked out the most controversial quotes from the Quran.

"My aim is not to insult anybody and their faith. It's to get a better understanding of the laws found in the Quran. These laws perhaps fit better in the old days, but today they just seem inhuman. I hope that my works will be a wake-up for my dear coreligionists," he says.

Mashhouri and his wife worked for human rights in Iran. They sought asylum in Norway and now live in Skien. The images were prepared in Norway and translated to Norwegian from Persian and English.

"In discussions people love to hear that such thing aren't found in the Quran. We want to show that they actually do," says Mashhouri.

When before Christmas the couple turned to the Telemark library in Ulefoss, they were invited to come.

On December 9th, the exhibit was assembled, but not many hours passed before there was a racket and two-three Muslim women attacked his images. Afterward he was contacted by the library and asked to remove the exhibition.

"I was disappointed, because I thought I was came to a country with freedom," says Mashhouri.


"It is Not Forbidden to Think" (Gates Of Vienna)

"It is not forbidden to it?" (Jihad Watch)

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