1. Damian

    In an interview, Birk said he hoped his project would lead Americans to understand more about Islam. The blind leading the blind.

  2. Ahem

    It is time for so-called intellectuals to get down to the basics of judging Islam by its actual doctrine, not making lame analogies that are sophomoric assertions. Or illustrations.

  3. I stumbled on this interesting project through your website. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, I’ll be sure to let as many people know about it as I can. From what I read, it seems the artist has been working on the project for many years, including ten years spent traveling in Islamic nations, yet you say he’s a publicity whore? I’m impressed with his open-mindedness and the thought and time and research he’s put into it so far. However, I’m confused as to your anger at this project? Are you saying an American citizen shouldn’t be able to buy the Koran and read it for herself? Are you saying the artist shouldn’t be able to form her own opinions and make works about them? Have you actually seen the project, or are you just slamming sight-unseen?

  4. Studio Matters

    No, Susan, I am not saying we should not read the Koran for ourselves. Quite the opposite. But while we are entitled to our own opinions about it, we are not entitled to imagine our own facts. My objection is not to Birk’s using the Koran as the basis of an art work. I object to his sheer ignorance, however well meant, of what he is dealing with. It’s the California dreamin’ complacency about a text that calls for our subjection, yours and mine, to dhimmitude or death. Read any of the books by Robert Spencer, The Dhimmi by Bat Ye’or, the work of Daniel Pipes and the Middle East Forum, The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew Bostom, or Islam and Human Rights by Ann Elizabeth Mayer. Read Ibn Warraq. Do the homework that Birk did not do before you decide whether Birk’s project is open-minded or mindless.

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