Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Holes in the British Museum's Mecca Exhibition

The Qaaba in Al Haram Mosque, Mecca.

The British Museum is the most jaw-dropping of any museum I've ever been to. They're currently showing a Mecca exhibiiton, description thusly by The Browser: "Exhibition dedicated to Muslim pilgrimage is put on with Saudi help. Scholarly questions are ignored in order to accommodate Saudi and Muslim sensitivities. Is this a price worth paying, if there's a wider societal benefit?" Article here.

In the case of the U.S., criticism of Islam is often met with a muted reception from liberals and even from some atheists, because there is often a Christianist subtext. This is true, but that's exactly why atheists are the best people to speak up about the deep canyons Islam has cut in the moral landscape.

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