Thursday, February 09, 2006

Allah At The Gates

An email from K in New Mexico linked some images which will be of interest to Gates’ readers, fellow travelers, and lurkers-on.

The first is a photo shopped image from ¡No Pasaran! I won’t put it up since it’s very large. However, you will want to see it, and the text which follows the doctored image. Here is the start of his post:

Danish cartoonists are forcing the media to test its own limits, to ask itself what their values really are, if they’ll become aware of their own liberties, as ask themselves why they’re selling granny for a multicultural nickel.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Natalie and Co. at Biased-BBC points out something repetitive inculcation into the buzz have taught me to not notice: while the Beeb refers readily to Mohammed as the “Prophet Mohammed,” I have never once outside of the religious service broadcasts (which disappeared with a smart sounding rationalization more than a decade ago) called Jesus “Lord Jesus Christ”.
No kidding. The journalists here can say “insurgents” until they turn purple with self-satisfaction at their objectivity, but the words “Jesus Lord Christ” on their tele-prompter would reduce them to aphasia.

Now the original painting used by ¡No Pasaran! actually resides here in the states. The Monty Whitley Gallery in Pennsylvania is offering it for sale. Here is a detail from the larger work:
The description reads:

Price: $4950.00
Inventory Number: 14494

The intense battle scene depicts the final defeat of the Turks in 1683 at the gates of Vienna, Austria. The supreme commander of the allied army, General John Sobieski is depicted at the top of the scene directing his troops to victory. Overall size 28"x31" in a gilt wood frame. Circa 1690. Very nice condition.

Notice the date of the painting. Less than a decade after the battle. For the times, that must have seemed to be like a current news briefing.

And notice that some of the Muslims are black, others appear almost other-worldly.

Darn. Wish I had $4,950.00. Unlike many of those old paintings, this one is a decent size: 28”x31” — not the usual dimensions you find in today's mass-produced components for making canvasses.

If a person -- oh, any old average kind of person -- wanted to make a pilgrimage visit the painting, the gallery is in Pennsylvania. Hmmm…at the very least we could go look at it.

I remember standing for hours in line to see the van Gogh collection when it toured the U.S. years ago. And I remember the Baron drooling over v.g.’s lavish use of paint. Gobs of expensive tubes of oil paints had been lavished on his canvasses. But as the Baron reminded me wistfully, Vincent’s brother Theo (a much more successful person than either Vincent or his own 20th century namesake) had the wherewithal to supply Vincent’s paints and materials.

Ah, well. Should you decide you can’t live without this lovely gem, here’s the gallery information, much as it pains me to share it:

PO Box 107, 6 West Main Street, WAYNESBORO, PA 17268
Phone: (717) 765-4333; Fax: (717) 765-0131

If you live nearby, consider a pilgrimage visit to study it in person.

What a piece of history. And priced less than some "collector" comic books...never mind, don’t get me started...


Wally Ballou said...

Not only does the Beeb refer to Mo as "the Prophet" - the announcers actually say "peace be upon him" when they mention his name - breathtaking. I don't think you blogged this letter from a former BBC Chief Executive about this practice, and the practice of referring to Mo's divine inspiration as though it were plain fact.
And what has all this submissiveness bought them?

Wally Ballou said...

Followup - He's not talking about the on-air announcers, but the BBC website, where they have a section that "explains" all the world's religions. The section on Islam is positively cringing.

See Islam; Christianity

Personally, I agree with the letter writer - both religions should be described in terms of truth claims without addressing their validity; simply asserting that Mohammed (pbuh)was a divinely-inspired prophet is absurd. Using (pbuh) after every mention is likewise absurd.

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StoutFellow said...

It's a good thing that the Polish Count and his troops stopped the Muslims at the gates of Vienna. Otherwise they would be longing to get it back, as Hamas does Seville and the rest of Spain. Of course, one should not be surprised if thie Islamists decide that they actually preceded the Viennese in settling that city- in the same way that they preceded the Europeans in reaching America.

Teach your children well.

Anonymous said...

Nice picture.

linearthinker said...

Buy it. You deserve it.