Pakistan in an Uproar Over Homoerotic Paintings of Muslim Clerics

Mohammed Ali’s controversial artwork (Photo: Sheikyermani.com)
Mohammed Ali’s controversial artwork (Photo: Sheikyermani.com)

Mohammed Ali’s controversial artwork (Photo: Sheikyermani.com)

Moments like this make me glad to live in the, less fucked up than most Countries but far from perfect, USA.

Pink News reports:

A series of paintings in Pakistan depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homoerotic overtones have sparked uproar and threats of violence by Islamic extremists in the country.

The paintings by artist Mohammed Ali were published in the academic journal of Pakistan’s National College of Arts in the eastern city of Lahore last summer, but have now been withdrawn.

The Associated Press reported one painting titled “Call for Prayer” shows a cleric and a shirtless young boy sitting beside each other on a cot.

A second painting shows the same cleric reclining in front of a Muslim shrine, holding a book by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho in one hand as he lights a cigarette for a young boy with the other.

Another boy, who is naked with his legs strategically crossed to cover his genitals, sits at the cleric’s feet.

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2012, a man walks in a corridor of the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. A series of provocative paintings of Muslim clerics in scenes suggesting homosexuality has sparked a moral and legal crisis at Pakistan’s leading arts college after extremists threatened violence, declaring that the works insult Islam.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)(Credit: AP)

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2012, a man walks in a corridor of the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. A series of provocative paintings of Muslim clerics in scenes suggesting homosexuality has sparked a moral and legal crisis at Pakistan’s leading arts college after extremists threatened violence, declaring that the works insult Islam.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)(Credit: AP)

 

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