1. “Mastery over the West and, ultimately, over all humanity has been the mission of Islam since it burst from the Arabian desert in the seventh century.”

    I didn’t take you as being prone to such generalisations Maureen! I cannot speak for the any other person, but I have no such ambition, and neither does anyone I know who identifies/practises Islam to varying degrees. That such people are out there goes without saying, but the same could be said for “Mastery of The World” and since Roman times.

    The ground zero cross is an interesting form of accidental sculpture. If it came out looking like a crescent or Star of David I imagine it would have been cut down quite quickly!

    Kind Regards

  2. Studio Matters

    No one is talking about you, personally, H. But to deny the theological impulse of Islam flies in the face of history. It is dishonest.

    Islam, unlike either Christianity or Judaism, is built on a theological imperative to conquer. That imperative is not the accidental phenomenon of Islam’s adoption by a particular state at a particular period of history. It is intrinsic to Islam. And your comment about the Star of David is, well, a silly and gratuitous—to avoid saying nasty—shot in the dark.

  3. My apologies Maureen. There was no nasty intent behind that comment. I was going to add ‘buddha’ and then thought about whether a steel beams could accidentally make the shape of a buddha and thought it unlikely! I really should know better – I usually avoid engaging in political and religious related discussion online because it’s very easy to be misread when you make glib statements such as the one I did above. I’ll stick to talking about inanimate paintings from now on 🙂

    Kind Regards

  4. Studio Matters

    Thank you, H. I am grateful for your response. You are generous to send it.

    And, yes, I know just what you mean. We are all on treacherous ground when we step over the unspoken perameters of what passes as art talk. At the same time, we are all immersed in images. What effect they have on us counts. At least to me they do—for better or worse.

  5. “The cross betokens a radically opposed vision: that the kingdom of God is not of this world.”
    Not to Jews, Buddhists and Moslems, it doesn’t (and yes, atheists). It says “Christianity is the one true faith and your beliefs don’t matter.”
    Isn’t the lesson of 9/11 that we need to unite and not divide? And can we not see that using a symbol of one faith, exclusive of others, is hugely divisive?
    What if the Twin Towers had created a Star of David? A swastika? A hammer and sickle? A Nike swoosh? Imagine those images hovering over the wreckage.
    That cross is spitting in the eye of everyone who is not Christian.

  6. Studio Matters

    “Spitting in the eye” of non-Christians? A hammer and a sickle? The crudity of that is undermines the argument you are trying to make—that the cross is strictly a denominational symbol and the atheist suit is valid.

    You are forgetting that this was not a commissioned work. It was an accident of the blast. As such, it “spits” in no eye but your own, and for reasons I can only guess. The simple cross—not a crucifix—resonates beyond any one denomination, particularly at a site of massacre. And even if you do insist on it as a strictly Christian symbol, that would not be inappropriate. 9/11 was an act of war against a nation founded by Protestant Christians and steeped in the humanist learning they brought with them from England. However many religions are now practiced in our country, all of us owe our freedoms—the very concepts on which it is based—to a Christian vision of the purpose of man and of the state.

    Clearly, you have a problem with that. So do the Islamists.

  7. Jimmy

    “…Silverman and his fellows in the nihilist pew…”

    Really? Nihilists because they don’t believe in a God? What logical gymnastics are you doing to convince yourself that makes sense?

  8. Studio Matters

    Tell me, Jim: Without God, what is there except an abyss, presided over by the absurdist power of our wills?

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