Not a clash of civilizations; but world culture vs. Islamist culture

Symbolic surrender, such as covering up a painting, is as bad as surrendering the hard fought rights of women not to be groped en masse.

On January 25th Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strolled through a new modern art exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline exhibit. Gone were any nude statues – instead there were white boxes.

It turned out of course that this wasn’t a new modernist take on anti-art, but rather an attempt by Eurocrats worried about “offending” the Iranian regime to cover up artworks deemed too risqué. At the same time Rouhani was touring the Ayatollah-art installation, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI was giving a speech to a conference in Marrakesh about the “rights of minorities in Islamic lands.”

  • Exile1981

    minorities have no rights in islamic countries.

    • tom_billesley

      They have the right of collective punishment.

      • Exile1981

        Your right I forgot about that.

  • tom_billesley

    Oxymoron alert! “Islamist Culture”.

    • Observer

      Next you are going to claim that there is no such thing as an “e-coli culture” or a “syphilis culture” but any biologist will tell you that you are incorrect.

  • V10_Rob

    Islamic nations and organizations regularly pump out propaganda that the rest of the world will kneel before Allah’s chosen. With spinelessness like this, is it any wonder it’s believed?

  • BradThomas

    European culture arose largely from a Christian-Judaic foundation. And certainly the Enlightenment, and the general belief that everything should be questioned, that reason should take precedence over emotive superstition, arose out of that foundation (since humans had free will and therefore the ability – even responsibility – to explore and attempt to understand the world around them.)

    This open-mindedness (or, cough, tolerance) worked fine as long as it was accompanied by a general acceptance that there was an actual objective hierarchy in terms of cultures and belief systems: some were, in fact, superior to others. However, when that idea was replaced with the belief that Western culture, values and ideals were no better (or even worse) than their competitors from other cultural traditions, the decline was well underway. After all, how can a culture that doesn’t really believe in itself (or even like itself) possibly hope to survive?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’ll add that the first men of science believed they could get closer to God by discovering His laws of the universe.
      The fixed immutable laws that are not subject to His whim because he laid them out to bring order out of chaos.

      • T.C.

        I do like your reply. It made my day.

  • T.C.

    And right next to this article was an interesting article about the Kurds attempts to build a nation inclusive of all:

  • Mahmood Ahmad

    but why islam spread very fast in the world, anybody who read Quran one
    or two times, he becomes muslim, when he read the holy prophet’s life he
    inspired and become muslim, or you must read quran and the read the
    life of holly prophat’s once you feel some changes in your self why?