American Muslim Group Calls for ‘Common Decency’ and ‘Mutual Respect’ — But Not Removal of Exhibition Depicting Ant-Covered Jesus
By Pete Winn|CNSNews
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it supports “common decency” and “mutual respect,” but CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper stopped short of calling for the removal of an exhibit that features images of an ant-covered Jesus and “homoerotic art” currently at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
“We don’t want to be in a position of banning art or censoring art,” Hooper told CNSNews.com on Tuesday.
As CNSNews.com reported Monday, the federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show’s catalog as “homoerotic.”
“While we’re strong believers in the First Amendment and believers in freedom of speech, we always ask for common decency and mutual respect on issues of these kinds of depictions of revered religious figures – whether it’s the Prophet Muhammad, or as Muslims see, the Prophet Jesus, we would ask that people respect the religious sensitivities of others in these matters,” Hooper said.