Saturday, October 29, 2005

Burn Your Burqas, Baby

Some Muslims were offended by this photograph and others, which was displayed at an art exhibit at Harper College in Illinois, so, the college administration shut down the show:

An art exhibit that included photographs of nude Muslim women wearing only a head covering was taken down Thursday afternoon just hours after opening for public viewing at Harper College in Palatine.

The school invited Chicago photographer Amir Normandi to exhibit his works depicting Muslim women in Iran defying the wearing of the jilbab.

Muslim students at the college protested to officials about the pieces on display in Building C. Several students say the pieces — some showing young Muslim men with machine guns — were downright offensive.

“I think they should rip this down,” student Matt George said.

Ahmad Basalat, 21, of Bartlett said the exhibit expressed hatred toward Muslims.
Rich Johnson, co-coordinator of international students at Harper, said the exhibit was an event put on in conjunction with the college’s art department.

Another student, Hussein Ali, says a number of Muslim students at Harper now are thinking about leaving. “The Muslim students are thinking about boycotting Harper because of this,” said Ali, 23, of Schaumburg.

Gee, Is that a threat, or a promise?

Honestly, though, I wouldn't have included photographs of young Muslim men carrying guns in an art exhibit. You know why? Because, they should be in the photojournalism department.