Just a couple years ago, there was released another movie about William Burroughs, whose Naked Lunch was the subject of a much-ballyhooed-by-liberals censorship case. We‚Äôre against censorship, whether it‚Äôs William Burroughs or Rush Limbaugh, but liberalism isn‚Äôt what it used to be, is it?
The classic work should be removed from school curricula, according to Gherush 92, a human rights organisation which acts as a consultant to UN bodies on racism and discrimination.
Dante‚Äôs epic is ‚Äúoffensive and discriminatory‚ÄĚ and has no place in a modern classroom, said Valentina Sereni, the group‚Äôs president.
Divided into three parts ‚Äď Hell, Purgatory and Heaven ‚Äď the poem consists of 100 cantos, of which half a dozen were marked out for particular criticism by the group.
It represents Islam as a heresy and Mohammed as a schismatic and refers to Jews as greedy, scheming moneylenders and traitors, Miss Sereni told the Adnkronos news agency.
‚ÄúThe Prophet Mohammed was subjected to a horrific punishment ‚Äď his body was split from end to end so that his entrails dangled out, an image that offends Islamic culture,‚ÄĚ she said.
What ‚ÄėSaracens‚Äô were writing about Christians at the time, and how this is reflected in their art and literature, seems not to be a consideration. The Divina Commedia is arguably the greatest work of literature ever, Occidental or otherwise. Like any work, it reflects the preoccupations and ideas current at the time it was written. Is ‚ÄúThe Dying Gaul‚ÄĚ offensive to the French? If so, should it be banned?
Yes, Dante‚Äôs pretty hard on schismatics and heretics, but perhaps Muslims ought to worry a little more about actual beheadings and stonings and hangings, and a little less about figurative ones.
This is PC run amok. And who made the UN the arbiters of what can be published or taught, anyway? Is there something in their charter that gives them that power? From what do they derive such authority? What if one holds Dante‚Äôs great poem in the same esteem Muslims hold the Qu‚Äôran?
Stop the madness. It‚Äôs a late medieval poem. The UN can go to l‚Äôinferno.
[The nut who‚Äôs proposing to ban Dante is a lefty Italian]
And . . . this post, in Italian, holds that if Dante were alive today, he‚Äôd be a blogger.