Paintings outrage Islamic hard-liners in Pakistan

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The Associated Press

LAHORE, Pakistan —

Pakistan‘s leading arts college has pushed boundaries before in this conservative nation. But when a series of paintings depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homosexual overtones sparked an uproar and threats of violence by Islamic extremists, it was too much.

Officials at the National College of Arts in the eastern city of Lahore shut down its academic journal, which published the paintings, pulled all its issues out of bookstores and dissolved its editorial board. Still, a court is currently considering whether the paintings’ artist, the journal’s board and the school’s head can be charged with blasphemy.

The college’s decision to cave to Islamist pressure underscores how space for progressive thought is shrinking in Pakistan as hardline interpretations of Islam gain ground. It was also a marked change for an institution that has long been one of the leading defenders of liberal views in the country.

Pakistan is an overwhelmingly Muslim nation, and the majority of its citizens have long been fairly conservative. But what has grown more pronounced in recent years is the power of religious hardliners to enforce their views on members of the population who disagree, often with the threat of violence.

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4 Replies to “Paintings outrage Islamic hard-liners in Pakistan”

  1. There is a strain of homosexual pedophilia that runs through the Arabicized cultures, I don’t know if this strain predates Mohammad or is because he was a sicko.

  2. Homosexuality combined with pedophilia has roots in the Ottoman empire.The Sultan had a second harem, a male harem, called ENDERUN. He spent his time in both harems, the one with boy slaves and sex toys, and the other, with the girls.
    There is a famous Turkish series called “Suleiman the Magnificent”. The Turks show only the women’s harem, but not the boy slaves….
    A friend has made a research about this harem, ENDERUN, the “hidden male harem ” of the Sultans, but it is in Greek. I give the link, because it is interesting to see the pictures, of old Islamic art, showing such scenes. The participants, are often young boys!

    Of course this “tradition” continues today with the “dancing boys” in Afghanistan (!)
    and in other islamic countries, where men dress with womens’ clothes and dance in public, and much more:

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